The cornucopia or horn of plenty has long been a symbol of overflowing harvest especially on Thanksgiving. The original idea was to have an abundance of flowers, fruit and corn overflowing from a goat’s horn. Today, we are happy with just a basket in the shape of a horn! But the symbolism is lost if the contents are not spilling out beyond the confines of the horn. When it overflows we know we are blessed!
Today’s verse speaks of a thanksgiving that overflows! The circumstances Paul was facing would normally not call for thanksgiving as he was repeatedly imprisoned and persecuted. Yet, he understood that through his faithfulness, the grace of Christ was reaching more and more people. It was that grace which was producing an overflow of thanksgiving. Paul could see the undeserved favor and blessing that is grace, even in the middle of hard times. Realizing God’s grace created in him a thankfulness that overflowed and gave glory to God.
It is easy to give thanks to God when everything is going smoothly and life is good. It is quite another thing to be overflowing with thanksgiving when life is tough and there is hurt and disappointment. And yet, when I look to the unseen (verse 17) I can overflow with thanksgiving! I do not deserve even one tiny blessing from Him. How amazing He is to have given me new birth, a living hope and an eternal inheritance! (I Peter 1:3-6) Regardless of life’s ups and downs, I can always overflow with thanksgiving for His incredible grace to me!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers!