The scope of God’s love is prevalent in the way we loves and provides for all of us the same; rich, poor, oppressed, and free. God’s love does not discriminate and it never rests. And because of this we should never tire of praising Him for his provision. Psalm 113:3 says, From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Just as God never tires of providing for us, we should never tire of remembering where the provision comes from and in turn never tire of praising God for it.
We should be thankful to God every day, not just when things are good or during times of remembrance like the Thanksgiving Holiday. In the beginning of Psalm 92 it says, 1 It is good to praise the Lord, and make music to your name, O Most High. We can never say thank you enough to God. It should be on the tip of our lips on a constant basis. Praise be to God.
God’s provision for us is not easily quantified. We see some of His work in our lives, but the full scope of His provision is difficult to fully see. In 2 Corinthians 9:15 Paul says, Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! These are accurate words to describe what God gives to us. We see very little, but He is always with us and He is constantly doing work in us. Thanks be to Him.
In today’s reading, the story of the poor widow was incredibly humbling. When we give to others out of our wealth it can be meaningful to us. But when we give all we have (and I am not just talking about money), it means everything to us and the Kingdom of God. In Mark 12:43-44 it says, 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.” When gifts are given out of gratitude and a spirit of generosity, it is pleasing to God. There is little to no value in a gift given grudgingly or purely for recognition. The value of any gift is not measured by the amount, but by the spirit in which it was given.
Today’s Psalm is one used frequently in the New Testament applied to Jesus. When God sent Him to earth as a human He made Jesus just lower than the heavenly beings as described in Psalm 8:5, and yet His name remained above all names. In Psalm 8:1 David says, O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens. While David was describing God and not Jesus, the same applies since Jesus was the perfect reflection of God in human form. Nothing changed in Jesus’ majesty. The only thing that changed was His human form.
Today in our church we spent the service sharing a few Thanksgiving stories. The video below was one of the videos shared this morning and was something I shared earlier in the year. I though it was a great way to show God’s hand in not only providing our needs, but in some cases providing the desires of our heart as well. God’s desire and willingness to provide all our needs is something we can all be thankful for. This week as week approach Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has a chance to reflect on all God is doing and has done for us throughout the year. I pray it is a great week for all.
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This was a great video! TD Canadian Trust, turned their ATM (Automated Teller Machine) into an Automated Thanking Machine. What a special way to brighten someone’s day.
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People tend to like extremes, especially when it comes to Biblical teaching. They either want to say we are commanded to sell everything and give it to the poor and live like John the Baptist, or they believe we should all be rich and prosperous and be good stewards as a reward for our faithfulness to God. In Luke 3, John the Baptist does not tell the tax collector to stop collecting taxes, he tells him to only collect what is owed. And when they soldier asked what he should do, John the Baptist told him to not use his power to extort and accuse people falsely. God calls us to be the best we can be with the gifts He has given us. We are no better or worse than anyone around us. To compare ourselves to others and desire what someone else has is to covet what is not intended for us. Contentment is the key.
The contrast of the two men in the parable of the “Two Men Praying” in Luke 18:9-14 was very apparent. The first man was proud of the accomplishments he had done for the Lord, but God wants us to come to him humbly knowing we are unable to be perfectly righteous without Him. Matthew 18:13 depicts the second man, a tax collector, and how he approached the presence of God. But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God have mercy on me, a sinner.’ Without God’s mercy and grace we are nothing more than a common sinner and we are unable to attain enough righteousness to fulfill any of the requirements needed to be in God’s presence. Let us be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for God’s provision of eternal life through His precious gift of Jesus Christ His Son.