Re:Verse passage –Exodus 20:17 (day five)
“You shall not covet…anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
The tenth commandment boils down to trust and lust. Do I trust God that God has, can, and will meet my needs? There is a past, present, and future perspective in being content. Once we can recognize and remember God’s faithfulness, kindness, and graciousness, it helps us in being presently content and less anxious about the future (a place where coveting is birthed) . Perhaps a thankfulness inventory or a list of God’s blessings would be a good place to start today.
If our thoughts and desires lead us to look and crave the qualities or possessions of others instead of God Himself, we are gazing in the wrong direction, and have misplaced our affection for the wrong things. In my mind, this resembles lust- craving the wrong things from the wrong source. Our hearts and minds must be directed to the Lord in prayer, obedience, and worship to the one Who has an unlimited supply of grace, love, forgiveness, riches, and wisdom. We should trust His promises in our contentment, and look only to Him to meet all our needs- physical, social, spiritual, and emotional.