I’ve started reading this book called The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. There is a paragraph that I would love to share with you as we lead into Thanksgiving and subsequently, Black Friday.
“There is within the human heart a tough fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to posses. It covets ‘things’ with a deep and fierce passion. the pronouns ‘my’ and ‘mine’ look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. Thy express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Thing have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God’s gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.”
The meat of this paragraph is found in the last sentence, “God’s gifts now take the place of God”. We get so consumed in our culture with going and getting the best thing. Thanksgiving brings this out in us, because we want to bring the best recipe. Or we get upset when a family member doesn’t bring their “world-famous” whatever. Then of course there is Black Friday. People have died trying to buy the perfect gift!
Things have become the god of our culture. God does not wish this for anyone. Simply look at the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 5:7-21). The first two are to not put anything above God and to not make physical things our focus of worship!
Don’t get me wrong, gift giving is great. It’s an awesome way to show people you care about, that you care about them. I just encourage you not to let it be your focus of this upcoming holiday weekend. Spend time being thankful for what you have. Spend quality time with your family, not just begrudgingly go. Thank God for His many blessings, and start to prepare your heart to celebrate His ultimate gift!