Text: 1 Chronicles 29:10-15
We are careful to talk about how and why we as Christians should give thanks in circumstances that seem less than favorable. In need, hunger, pain, suffering, uncertainty and so on. But friends, we would be absolutely remiss not to put a keen emphasis on the value – the privilege – of giving thanks in the times of plenty!
At first thought, it seems simple. We’re relatively well-versed in bowing our heads when times are good. We return thanks at meals for the food set before us and for the hands that prepared it. We thank the Lord when our needs are supplied and when job offers are received and college acceptance letters arrive and when the harvest is good and the report card is favorable and the touchdown pass is completed and when we make it to the gas station just before the remaining fumes in our gas tanks are exhausted.
Our Lord has supplied our needs! And for this, we humbly give thanks.
But when we talk about plenty, it goes so far beyond moments and mail and meatloaf. Plenty is not just a season or a lifestyle enjoyed by a group of lucky people, just as Want is not just a sadface emoji that begs to be prayed for and brought a meal. We cannot simply characterize our circumstances on a sliding scale from famine to abundance because, for the believer, plenty and want are constant states of being.
Yes, we all have real, felt needs. And we each have noticeable, plentiful blessings. But beyond the surface, in light of eternity, our constant state is a want of grace, and our God is our constant supplier.
Sisters, may we count our good gifts one by one and credit His generous love for each. But wherever we find ourselves on the worldly poverty-to-prosperity scale, let us see ourselves in constant want of His grace and ever in possession of an overflowing cup of mercy from an all-sufficient God.
“Think how much grace one saint requires, so much that nothing but the Infinite could supply him for one day; and yet the Lord spreads his table, not for one, but many saints, not for one day, but for many years; not for many years only, but for generation after generation.”
–C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “Amazing Grace” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.