'All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above'
Many of the fields across the Blackmore Vale and surrounding area have been harvested and the grain and crops are safely stored in the barns.
This is one time in the year when we particularly need to remind ourselves that God is the ultimate Source of all good gifts. The Bible says, "Every good and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness"
This firstly tells us something about the Giver Himself - that He is "above"; in heaven; that He is the Father [perfect and good; all loving and all wise], but specifically here, the Father of lights; and that He is unchangeable. He does not "move" like shadows. He ever remains the same faithful God who keeps His promises made hundreds of years ago to Noah after the great flood that, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
How good God is. Again He has faithfully provided for another year.
We are also told something about God's gifts which He so generously bestows:-
They are good and wholesome gifts and given with a good purpose. God, in every act of giving, has a good and pleasant intention. God's gifts are perfect and complete as to their design. His motive or reason in every gift that He graciously bestows is the best good of His creatures.
Notice that we are told that all God's good gifts "come down" in controlled purpose from God and do not "fall down" by chance.
God's gifts are always good and therefore when we receive anything from Him we should not only look to the thing itself but to the Giver Himself and thank Him for His bounty and goodness in giving it".
"All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, then thank the Lord, oh thank the Lord for all His love".
However, harvest should not only a time for thanksgiving but also for sorrow!
The Bible also says that the goodness of God should lead us to repentance - or deep sorrow for sin and particularly the sin of our ingratitude and for taking so much for granted.
We receive so much from a good and gracious God yet do we thank Him, love Him and worship Him for His goodness?
We teach our children to say, "Thank you". How much more should we say, "Thank You" to God for all His good and wonderful provision!