I came downstairs this morning to quite a few new presents underneath the tree. Excited, of course, I poked around to see who they were for and guess what I thought was inside (so bad, I know!)
Since it’s just the two of us living in our apartment, all the new presents were for me. At first I felt excitement, but that was quickly buried by worry. Did I get him enough presents this year? Would it be awkward on Christmas if I’m opening a ton of gifts and he only has a few? Is the dollar amount equal at least???
Then I hopped on the computer to see what else I could buy for him to even the playing field. I made a mental list of what to grab later today and then settled down with a hot cup of (decaf) coffee and my She Reads Truth Advent study.
That’s when I turned to the study Jesus is the True and Better Manna.
In this season, we have a lot of changes coming up – and changes that aren’t exactly planned out. We don’t know when the baby will come, what parenting will be like, or what our lives will look like afterwards. For the planner in me, that is scary. But reading through Exodus 16 and hearing of God as Provider nearly knocked the wind out of me. Or, it at least knocked the materialism out of me. The Israelites were basically stranded in the desert and God provided everything they could ever need. Every morning they woke up to the manna (food) they needed to be physically sustained that day, and each morning God provided again and again.
But in his truest and best provision, he has given us Christ, the true bread of life. The bread who came down from heaven and gives life to the world (John 6:33).
Let’s rewind to my burst of worry this morning that I wouldn’t have enough Christmas presents for my husband (insert embarrassed face here)… can we just take a step back for one second?
That is NOT what this season is about, and it’s a slippery slope to falling back into the belief that Christmas is about us, about what we can get. But the truth is that Christmas is a celebration of what we already have – Christ our Savior has been born! He has come into this world and brought with him a new life that satisfies beyond a physical hunger.
As I scroll through my overwhelming inbox, flooded with sale advertisements, or my Instagram feed, filled to the brim with adorable holiday “must-have” outfits… I want to remember those things aren’t lasting. And they aren’t the reason for the season.
“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again… For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” John 6:35,40
Friends, let’s fight the urge to love and worship stuff this holiday season. Draw near to your Creator – the ultimate Provider, and his Provision for us – Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen??