The tenth commandment focuses on a person’s unseen and me-centered motives and desires. Coveting then leads us to break the other nine commandments.
To covet is to wish for enviously, to long for or crave something, especially something that belongs to another person. This includes spouse, real estate, car, position, success, prosperity, and so much more. A covetous person always wants more.
It is not wrong to desire things that will better our lives, in fact, Jesus said He came to bring us life and to bring it abundantly. God brought Israel to the Promised Land of milk and honey (not exactly what I would want, but back then, I guess that was the what they desired).
The commandment and other Bible passages really look at coveting as a strong desire for something we don’t have…but also, the object of our strong desire belongs to someone else.
As we become obsessed with satisfying our earthly needs, we really lose our bearings for what should really be at the center of our heart…our relationship and focus on God. As we grow in and with Him, we will understand more clearly what He wants us to have and how he will provide it. Then we will be able to receive and engage that object of our desire with the right priorities and motivations. Then we will really enjoy it and be grateful to God for His provision.
Satan wants to get us thinking we know exactly what we need, we can get it ourselves, and it doesn’t matter who it belongs to or what we have to do to get it.
We live in an age of instant gratification. Advertising stuff and more stuff… everything from cars to designer clothes to the latest electronic gadgets. But all the stuff in the world cannot bring us peace or lasting joy. Only a growing God through Jesus can ever do that.
Today, keep a Godly perspective. Don’t think that more money, stuff, and power will produce happiness. Instead, seek and grow above all else a personal relationship with God, through Jesus. Seek God’s plan for your life and you will be content with what He brings into your life. Only then will you find true contentment. Click here to share your perspective with the Stepping Stones community.
Dear Father God, help me keep my perspective and not covet anything or anyone. Forgive me for the times I have focused so much on my desire to advance my career…or obtain something…or just having my own way that it distracted me from focusing on You and what Jesus did for me. Thanks for all you have given me. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One I will focus on, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Wealth is treacherous, and the arrogant are never at rest. They open their mouths as wide as the grave, and like death, they are never satisfied. In their greed they have gathered up many nations and swallowed many peoples.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.