THANKSGIVING. SO much to be grateful for! Here’s a little different angle on gratitude and faith:

I’VE BEEN READING a book by Dallas Willard called Life Without Lack. A few decades back, Dallas Willard, a world-renowned theologian and professor and author and all-around neat old man, took a small group of people through a study of Psalm 23. The sessions were recorded, and recently Willard’s daughter and a good friend compiled the recordings into this great book.

THE THEME is summed up in the very first verse: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

A LIFE without lack. The Psalmist David claims to live without any need and without any fear. Really? Is that possible in today’s world? (As you may recall, King David’s world was fairly chaotic too.)

A TASTE of what you’ll find in this book: Dallas Willard describes the “Three Faiths of Job”. Remember Job? Willard: “One of the finest examples of transformation of faith that leads to a life without lack is seen in the life of the ancient figure Job.”

The Faith of Propriety: Job was a man of reputation, power and wealth. He trusted God to be good to him if he lived a proper and upright life. He had a kind of “transactional” faith: “If I do right, God will bless me.”

The Faith of Desperation: When all hell broke loose in Job’s life and his faith was shaken, Job could have given up on God. Instead, he hung on tight: “Though He slay me, I will trust Him.” (Job 13:15).

The Faith of Sufficiency: It was through those fiery trials that Job learned that God is absolutely trustworthy regardless of circumstances. A life without lack doesn’t mean bad stuff doesn’t happen to you; it is a state of living in which you know He will never leave you or forsake you. Have a great Thanksgiving!