“When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods.” – Genesis.31:19
Genesis 31 tells the story of how Jacob fled Laban’s house (the place where he served for decades). During this flight, Rachel decides to steal her father’s household idols without telling anyone. Later in the chapter when Laban finds out they had fled and that his idols were stolen, he follows them. Although he didn’t harm them as he was warned by God, he searched everywhere for his precious idols. “Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel’s saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them. ” (verse 34) Scripture does not explain why Rachel stole those idols, but we can see she was not willing to give them up.
As children of God we are called to leave all our idols and trust wholly in our heavenly Father. Yet, how many times do we peak into those stolen idols when we think God is not looking. We know that anything we put trust above God has become our idol (how many idols have we collected like this), ones that give false sense of security. How long until we get up from our seat, take those idols and throw them off our tents and lives? God is all we need, He is our sufficiency and who makes us complete. Those stolen idols were never ours, we are children of the light, so lets not covet the things and ways of the world.
It’s that time of year that gives everyone that buzz of joy and jubilant celebration. Yes – CHRISTmas! The lights, the exchange of cards and gifts, it just brings the goodness out of people.
I have been thinking about the kind of activities and symbols that Christmas is associated with these days. Of course it has become so commercialised that it’s the time when the most amount of money is spent and the time when families are reunited. It’s also become about the Christmas tree, Mr Santa Claus and having some expensive gifts. More lavish and more indulgent.
But what about the real meaning of Christmas? The light of the world entering the darkness of our world to give us the joy that we enjoy at Christmas time.
Funnily enough, the current symbols of Christmas have a lot of similarity to the Gospel message as revealed in Easter time. The Christmas tree that we glorify with various decorations is but a shadow of the tree which was beautified by our Saviour’s precious blood. The old man that children love (though they never met him) because each year he brings them presents, is incomparable to the gift of salvation we received by our Lord and though we don’t see Him we love Him so. The gifts placed under the Christmas tree… well you will have to wake up early on Christmas morning and kneel under the tree to open your present. You have your own unique one and only you are allowed to open it. So it is with the Gospel, mercy and grace are found when we humble ourselves at the foot of the cross and only we can open (accept) that present – Jesus into our hearts.
In this beautiful season, let us invite into our hearts the servant King born in a manger to give us hope and light.