Grace and Thanksgiving

Day 253

Prayer for the day

I will thank you, O LORD my God, with all my heart, and glorify your Name for evermore.

Scripture for the day

Proverbs 10-12, 2 Corinthians 4

Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth begins to gain significant steam in chapter four as he continues to make his argument for the divine mandate he has received. Paul is convinced that what he is doing is right, that what he is saying is what God desires him to say, and that what he and his compatriots are working toward is the fulfillment of the kingdom of God. He has received opposition, pain, and even death threats as he has worked toward this end, but continues to do so, knowing that his reward is not comfort in this life, but the knowledge of the life in the world to come.

Paul’s work with the church in Corinth is not simply a teaching ministry. It is a ministry that is devoted to the things of God, and as Paul and his co-workers pour themselves into the work of God, they do so knowing that it is not of their own volition, but it is commanded and required of them by God.

Paul’s work among the people is a work of grace, a work that is blessing them by the grace of God. As this grace is spread, the response of the people is thanksgiving. They thank God for what he has done in and through them by the hand of Paul and others. They are grateful and they thank God for what he has done.

The writer of Proverbs extolls not only thankfulness among the people of God, but the actions that stem from thankfulness: a decided commitment to live in the ways of God, a desire to speak and act honestly, to live according to the ways of righteousness and to glorify God in all their actions.

May we live in the same desire!

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