walk in the word
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!
Think I’m overstating the case? 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. As an example, read another entry from Moses’ wilderness journal:
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic, but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna” (Numbers 11:4-6).
The passage goes on to say 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. 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 (Num. 11:10b tells us that “the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly”). 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, and other things be in their rightful place always.
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