December 24, 2021

Christmas Eve QT: Buy or sell gold?

Christmas Eve QT: Buy or sell gold?

Christmas Eve QT: Buy or sell gold?
24/12/2021 (Friday)

Singapore increased its gold reserves by about 20 per cent this year by buying 26,300 kilograms in a silent move to increase holdings for the first time in decades. The Business Times reported that these purchases took place over May and June 2021 (https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/singapore-adds-to-its-gold-pile-for-the-first-time-in-decades). Many other countries are also doing likewise.

Some of you might also be considering buying or accumulating gold as a hedge against various financial fluctuations in the economy.

Today's Christmas Eve QT mentions persons from another "country" giving away gold instead, happily.

Matthew 2:11–12 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. [12] And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. (ESV)

While Solomon accumulated gold, and his wisdom "surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east" (1Kings 4:30), the wise men "from the east" of Matthew 2 gave away gold to Jesus Christ instead when they visited Him.

There is great joy in finding out about Jesus. The wise men search from a far away land for "he who has been born king of the Jews" (Matt 2:2). They were, somehow, certain that the star that they saw in the east was "his star".

Their response to this knowledge was NOT "what can I GET from this guy?". Instead, Matt 2:2 recorded the wise men's initial reaction as we "have come to worship him" (Matt 2:2b).

What naturally follows from this knowledge was sincere worship followed by the desire to GIVE to the LORD. Giving to God should not end in feeling the pinch only. Instead, there should be pure rejoicing of having met God in the flesh—"they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy" (Matt 2:10).

REFLECTION: Have you "found" Jesus well enough to the extent of wanting to give to God and to those whom He created that are in need—both in material needs, in spiritual needs?