Somehow we have managed to exchange the idea of giving gifts because they were given to the Christ child at His birth as an excuse to spend way beyond our annual budget in order to meet some requirement to maintain our relationships.
And it seems like every year the shopping season starts earlier and earlier. Instead of Black Friday as the kickoff day of shopping, now the doors are open at the crack of dawn on Thanksgiving Day.
What other areas do you exchange? What other areas do you replace with an equivalent or something else?
In Psalm 106 in the Bible, we read the story of when God’s people had done an exchange that was not so good.
When they were in Egypt, they did not understand God’s wonders; and they did not remember the multitude of His mercies, but instead they rebelled by the Red Sea. They forgot what He did for them; they did not wait for His counsel, and constantly complained no matter what He did for them.
Verse 19-21 says; “They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped the molded image. Thus they changed their glory into the image of an ox that eats grass. They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt“. (Psalm 106:19-21)
They exchanged His glory for the image of a bull which eats grass (much like one of the Egyptian idols)! Nothing could be more grossly and scandalously absurd! It was like they had taken an expensive gift, given by a loved One, back to the store the moment the department store had opened up the very next day after receiving it. And they exchanged it for something so much less expensive.
So, my friend, what areas do you exchange? What areas do you replace with an equivalent or something else? What gifts from God are you exchanging hoping to find something better?
The Bible says, regarding Jesus:
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 1:24)
In this season of exchange, let’s commit to only exchange for something BETTER.
All Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.