Trading Places – Exodus 20:17
Have you ever played the game: whose life would you like to trade places with? I’ve done it numerous times – just for fun you know. I always start off with someone who I think has everything I’m interested in. I go down the checklist…Yup, yup, yup, and then finally I light upon an “Uh oh”.
Here’s this one little problem. Would I want to deal with THAT? Would I actually be willing to exchange their baggage over my own baggage? Well, NO so I go looking for someone who doesn’t have THAT. But then the next person who doesn’t have THAT has something else and I end up piecing together parts of several people’s lives.
What’s really going on when I’m looking around for someone to exchange with – even as a game? “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17). Like his life?
I wonder how God feels when I idly compare my life with someone else’s. When I envy another person’s life I’m sort of slapping God in the face. I’m saying my own does not come up to snuff; there are things lacking. I’m saying His decisions are second rate.
He knows He did it all just right and that this is the life that will give me the most potential for the greatest good with the highest rewards and the best eternity. The truth is that my life is so incredibly good maybe others want to trade places with me!