Christmas is just eight weeks away and I already know what my brother wants as a gift. It’s the same thing he always lights up at receiving. It’s the same thing we’ve been giving as the whole gift or adding to other gifts for years. And it’s an everyday item. It is Australia made world-famous Tim Tam chocolate biscuits.
Most Australian homes would have a packet of Tim Tams frequently in their pantry or fridge. At most they cost $3 a packet and often they go on sale for $2. Very cheap, very normal, available always and yet they are the one constantly requested item on my brothers Christmas Wish List.
He can have Tim Tams any time he wants. They are available at all supermarkets, service stations, corner stores and any just about any event or morning tea in the country. He could even afford to fill a trolley load with packet and packet of Tim Tams, in all flavours, and take home a year’s supply at once. Yet they are perpetually on his Christmas Wish List.
An everyday item, easily available, yet requested only on special occasions. It makes me think of Solomon.
As a new leader and king, God visited Solomon in a dream and asked him to choose one gift on his Wish List – just one. Solomon could have asked for anything – wealth, health, victory of enemies, fame, even Tim Tams that hadn’t been invented yet. And Solomon asked for wisdom.
It was a very smart move asking for wisdom. It showed Solomon’s care for his people and recognition that he needed help leading them. Because of his heart answer, God gave Solomon the less import things like health, wealth, victory and fame.
If you gave most Christians the option of just one thing from God, maybe off their Christmas Wish List, it would probably be an everyday thing like Tim Tams or wisdom.
Wisdom? An everyday thing? Yes, for those of us who follow Christ, wisdom is there for the asking, with a promise of generous supply. We simply forget it’s an everyday item and forget to ask for it every day. (James 1:5)
So what other things might we have on our special, once only, Christmas Wish List that are everyday items for Christians? How about some of these:
- Forgiveness – “If you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- Material needs – “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19
- Peace – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
- Answers – “Call to me and I will answer you.’ Jeremiah 33:3
- Love – “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
These are just a few of the many things that God offers as everyday things to His children, yet sometimes we act as they are special, Christmas Wish List type items, rather than something we can partake of daily.
I know I’ve been guilty of putting these things into the “special occasions only” box, as I’m sure some of you have too. So today, take time to dwell on these and appreciate them in the manner they are given – an everyday item, wrapped in love.
If you could ask God for just one thing, what would it be? Share your ideas in the comments below.
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