walk in the word
4Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. 6But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” — Numbers 11:4-6
Are you aware that our nation’s shores are under continuous assault? No, I’m not talking about the string of tropical storms that pummel our coastline. I’m talking about something far more devastating and widespread. Simply put, we are drowning in a sea of covetousness!
Check out these current statistics:
Convinced? I could produce an endless stream of evidence, but it would merely confirm what we already know, deep in our hearts, to be true. We live in a society where enough is never enough. We want more, and we want it now.
I know what you’re thinking. You want to believe that covetousness is only a problem “out there” among nonbelievers. Oh, if only that were true! Tragically, the situation is no different among God’s people. Look at the above passage from Numbers 11. As we read further in the passage, we see that the people were so bent about the gap between what the Lord was giving them and what they wanted that they were actually lying in their tents and crying about it (Numbers 11:10-11). What a sick picture!
Bottom line: at the root of covetousness is a rejection of God’s sufficiency. This is the reason God hates covetousness (Numbers 11:10b tells us that “the anger of the Lord was blazed hotly”). In effect, the children of Israel were slapping God in the face by saying, nice try, God, but it’s not enough.
Before you jump all over the Israelites for their brutal attitude, take a good look inside. Admit it; you do the very same thing at times. We all do. It’s not that we don’t want God; it’s that we covet God and __________ (you fill in the blank). We reject the sufficiency of God in our lives.
What will it take for us to come to the place where we can honestly say, God, I just want You? Loved one, repent of your covetous attitude today, and ask the Lord to show you what it means to love Him above all else. May He become all to you, so other things will be in their rightful place, always. — James MacDonald
Prayer: Father, I am sorry that I am never satisfied. You have blessed me with more than I could ever imagine, yet I still want more. Help me to see that You are all I need, and anything You choose to give me above Yourself is more than I deserve. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
– What are some things that I want, that I know I don’t need? Am I letting this affect my overall mood?
– Do I link prosperity and happiness? Do I think I would be a happier person if I made a lot of money? Why?
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