Abundance: a word that easily comes to mind as we contemplate Thanksgiving Day.
Many dining room tables will be filled to overflowing with delectable offerings this afternoon. Most Americans will consume a plentiful amount of turkey, salads, vegetables, and pies. Food in abundance has become synonymous with Thanksgiving.
Very soon Steve and I will head over to our son’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving with family–for the first time in about ten years. We and our three children, their spouses, and children have lived states apart for that long, and we’ve had to wait until Christmas each year for get-togethers. (Sadly, not all of us will be able to gather today, but most.) In June, Steve and I moved close to our older son, Eric, and his family, not far from his younger brother, Jeremy.
Friends of Eric and Hilja will also be joining us this afternoon, making for a full, heart-warming day. Even more than the abundant feasting, I look forward to the abundant togetherness—the camaraderie, affection, story-telling, reminiscing, and humor.
But abundance also describes the plentiful amount of blessings bestowed by another family member, our Heavenly Father.
His abundance includes:
“Those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:17, Ryrie).
We were ruined by sin. But out of his loving forgiveness and acceptance, God offers the gift of eternal life through his Son, Jesus.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with his ample mercy has given us new birth into a life of hope, due to the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3, Berkely Version).
When God gives us what we do not deserve, that’s grace. When God does not give us what we do deserve, that’s mercy. He is abundantly generous with both.
Peace and security.
“I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6).
We can rest in calm assurance of God’s loving care and his provision of salvation.
Love and faithfulness.
“The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness(Exodus 34:6).
God expresses his love in countless ways. He is faithful, never forgetting a promise. And he never fails to provide for our needs.
“They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness” (Psalm 145:7).
All of God’s glorious attributes are generously poured out upon us day by day.
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously” (Titus 3:5-6).
Empowerment, renewal, guidance, and comfort are just a few of the benefits our precious Holy Spirit provides.
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, KJV).
Not mere existence, but a rich, full, satisfying life, in relationship forever with The. King. Of. The. Universe. Incredible.
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How is it possible, Lord, you would even want to open the storehouses of heaven to pour out this abundance upon us? How do we begin to thank you for such rich, abounding blessings? Words are pathetically inadequate. All we can offer you is our lives—to live for the praise of your abundant glory. Help me to do so—today and always.
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