11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends. We had a full house yesterday with 24 in the first shift and 10 more in the second shift. It was a great day of food, fellowship, and thanksgiving. After dinner we spent time in thanksgiving and song rejoicing in the provision and care of our God. He is so good to all of us.
In Philippians 4 Paul wrote that he was content with much and with little. I was thinking how easy it was to give thanks in times of much. When our tables and counters were full of food and dessert it was easy to give thanks. But what if our table was sparse and our counters were empty? Would we still be content and thankful? I was thinking about this last night after the house was empty again, relatively, and want to be able to be thankful in abounding and in abasing.
When we know that God is God and that He is faithful all the time then we can rejoice in Him all the time. And while it is easy to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, remember that we can do all things through Christ who is our strength which even includes being able to thank God in times of little.
We are a blessed people in so many ways. But our greatest blessings are the riches of the grace of God which He bountifully pours out on us. Whatever your physical state today, rejoice in the fullness of God’s grace which He has poured abundantly upon you and be thankful.
Have a great day in the Lord,