“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17
One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.
The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.
People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.
They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.
Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.
There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.
Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.
Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.
How content are you with what God has blessed you with?
I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.