Psalm 105 is one of those psalms that essentially retells the history of God with his people. Our reading today reminds us that God provided for all their needs: gold and silver; a pillar of cloud to guide them in the day and fire to guide them at night; manna and quail for physical sustenance; and even water from a stone. The people left rejoicing – it was a great season of life for God’s people!
What is lacking in the Psalmist’s history lesson is that they didn’t so much ask God for things as they did grumble and complain to Moses about what they were lacking. It is still easy for us to focus on what we lack rather than being grateful for what we’ve been blessed with. We often say around Foothills that we serve a God who sees, knows, cares and intervenes. Yet it is easy for us to lose our way – we so easily grumble, we so easily turn inwards.
Our Isaiah reading reminds us of the ultimate reason for our joy. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; for his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might …” The ultimate reason for our joy today and our hope for tomorrow is that the Saviour has come. “Surely, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence; he has become my salvation. With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
It is because of all that God has done and is doing for us that gratitude and generosity ought to flow out of our lives. He guides us and provides for us, even in the dark moments.
He is our source of strength and wisdom. The Macedonian church understood this in 2 Cor. 9. They were eager to give – enthusiastic actually – because of all God had done in their midst.
We have so much to be grateful for. Let us continually manifest this reality in our daily lives as we extend extravagant generosity in every area of life. Generosity will always be the sign of a noble soul! What are you grateful for today? Does the way to live reflect that?
Grateful for the Foothills family and the many ways they embrace extravagant generosity!