“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 is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20:17
“You shall not covet [that is, selfishly desire and attempt to acquire] 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 AMP
Sorta, kinda back to yesterday’s post which reminded us that the Lord “delights in truth in the inward being (Psalm 51:6).” The Lord knows and cares about the “churn.” You know, what is going on with the inner man and what we have twirling around in our minds.
For those of us who live in the Western world, let’s admit it. There is company after company after company whose job it is to make us want for things and often we bow to strong desires and long to have what others have. May we even go so far as to say that some take issue with the Lord, believing He has denied what they believed they should have.
We are often dissatisfied with the abundant, overflow of blessings God has already bestowed upon us. Just want to throw this fact in here, “The vast majority of the world’s population lives on a budget that falls well short of the poverty line in advanced economies. Specifically, 4.4 billion people – 71% of the global population of 6.2 billion – lived on $10 or less per day in 2011, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the most recently available data (Pew Research Facts).”
Sssssoooooo, just want to throw in this fact, built upon data that is 5 years old, to ask a question. Do we really have a reason to be dissatisfied?
The truth is that many times we are become dissatisfied by just walking around in the mall or looking at the ads that pop-up while we are on our computers. Now, it is not wrong to want to improve our lives but it becomes wrong when what we want belongs to someone else…AND…the only reason we want it is because someone else has it…AND…when the price we pay for it costs fellowship with our Lord and Savior, family, and other important relationships along with the work He has called so to do. The blessing we should be to others. This can be manifested in different ways as illustrated in Exodus 20:17.
One public person said that when he saw a certain woman, he knew he wanted her for his wife. Really? You already have one. But he did not for long.
Since every good and perfect gift comes from God, when we covet what or who He has given someone else, aren’t we really saying God got it wrong? There is so much that could be said but once again, we allow God’s Word to speak:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6
For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:19
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:9
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Ephesians 5:3
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4