GIVE THANKS FOR BYGONE GRACE AND HAVE FAITH IN FUTURE GRACE.
TOO MUCH DEVASTATION THIS PAST YEAR
MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO NAME THEM ALL SEPARATELY.
How difficult will it be for all of us to give thanks this coming Thursday? Do you have a favorite memory of Thanksgiving Day? Do you have a sad or terrible memory of Thanksgiving Day? This year has been rife with causes of anxiety. We see it in the media as well as in each other. Is being thankful the answer to anxiety? I want to quote from a book by John Piper as well as recommend it. It is divided into 31 chapters which can be read a chapter a day. It's focus is grace from beginning to end with anxiety being a cause of not living a Christian life.
The book is FUTURE GRACE. I am quoting portions from the Introduction paragraph titled "The Place of Gratitude in Motivation". "One of the main claims of this book is that the Bible rarely, if ever, motivates Christian living with gratitude. Yet this is almost universally presented in the church as the 'driving force in authentic Christian living.' I agree (remember I am quoting John Piper) that gratitude is a beautiful and utterly indispensable Christian affection. No one is saved who doesn't have it. But you will search the Bible in vain for explicit connections between gratitude and obedience. Gratitude was never designed as the primary motivation for radical Christian obedience. Perhaps that is one reason so many efforts toward obedience fail. Could it be that gratitude for bygone grace has been pressed to serve as the power for obedience, which only faith in future grace was designed to perform? That conviction is one of the main driving forces behind this book."
I plead ignorance if I have not described this book correctly and ask that you, my readers, check it out for yourself. Happy Thanksgiving! (as much as possible whatever your current situation is).
May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Amen