george hancockstefanIn a conversation with a friend, he mentioned that it was easier to be a thankful person and a thankful person to God in an agrarian society, rather than ours.  By watching the seasons change and how these seasons affected the seeds that you planted until the harvest time, he thought that it made a person more reflective and thankful to God.  By watching how the sown seed became bread, it made you more thankful to God when you prayed, “Our Father who art in heaven … give us this day our daily bread”. 

Is God as meticulously involved in the intricacies of computers as he is involved in the agrarian processes? Is God as involved in the wheat farms of Oklahoma and Nebraska as He is involved in the Silicone Valley?

In the Epistle of James we read these words, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (1:16-17).” Apostle Paul continues in the same pattern when he writes, “What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? (1 Corinthians 4:7)”

When you look at all the things that your computer can do, do you ever thank God for it?  Do you see that in this computer age God has blessed us in ways that we could not have imagined 25 years ago or even 5 years ago? Do you see it as a gift from God or do you only see the human advancement?

It is interesting that the possibility of recognizing and thanking God was so present in the agrarian culture.  God tells the children of Israel as they are approaching the land of Canaan, “When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the land he has given you.  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his laws … You may say to yourself: My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth and so confirms his covenant which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today (Deut. 10-11, 17-18).”


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The abilities to produce wealth, inventions and art are gifts from God. He is the one that gives the inspiration, the concentration, the perseverance, the previous knowledge, the implementation, the marketability, and the customers.  All are part of the tapestry that God is weaving together.

As we sit at our Thanksgiving tables, let us remember that every good and perfect gift comes from God starting with your own person.  You are a precious gift of God.  He has created you in His image; he has invested in you so many gifts and then gave you to your family and the society where you live.  The people and the things that you have surrounded yourself with are equally God’s gifts. Remember the Giver, remember God, and to Him give recognition, praise, and thanks, not only this day, but every day of your life.

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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...