28th December 2010

Spend, Spend, Spend!

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy?”
Isaiah 55:1-2 (NKJV)

So the January sales came early this year. Perhaps you didn’t even notice because some shops these days hold sales every day of the year.

There was added impetus to persuade us to get out there and spend our cash because of the VAT rise that is to be  introduced in the new year. “Buy now and save,” became the sellers’ cry. A hypocritical oxymoron if ever there was one!

Reminds me of dear old Mr. Micawber in Dickens’ David Copperfield. His famous maxim: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen and six. Result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six. Result misery.”

This is the time of year which, when Christmas and New Year are passed, people discover they have sizable bills to pay and it can take months to clear. It kind of puts a damper on the festivities for some people knowing they have this to look forward to. Others just shrug their shoulders with—“I’ll worry about that later.”

Yet the most valuable gift of all, given to us, rather than those we give to each other, is the Father’s gift to mankind of his Son. A free gift. No charge. Nothing to pay. Nothing to be demanded later. Truly satisfying and of lasting value. Of course, acknowledging that gift does eventually demand a response from us, and we can look at that later.

Help us, Lord, to see right values and to seek that which will satisfy the yearnings of our souls. Even Christians need to look to you time and again for the things that really matter, which so often we lose sight of in the haste of daily life. Thank you for your never-ending love. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford 

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