“As a child of God you have Him living in you, allowing you opportunity to commune with Him moment by moment, day after day. If your fellowship with Him is not what it ought to be, it is because you have moved away from Him, not the opposite.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:9-10
Paul links contentment with covetousness. People who are not content covet that which they think will bring them contentment. “Hitherto you have asked nothing…ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.” 93 There are certain things, however, that God tells us we cannot seek. Paul gives one: Don’t ask God to make you rich. Such a request is covetousness.
Covetousness, like comparison and contentment, can either be good or bad, depending on the object of your covetousness. A study of the word “covet’ in the New Testament reveals that God considers it good when its object is the things of God, and bad when its object consists of the things of the world. Its use in the tenth commandment of the Decalogue references the things of the world, that which belongs to your neighbor. Using the same word Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have coveted to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”94 Paul writing to Timothy says, “This is a true saying, If a man covets the office of a bishop, he covets a good work.”95
God says that covetousness is idolatry.96 When you covet you reveal your lack of contentment and ingratitude to God for your situation in life. In his epistle to the Romans, Paul says that covetousness is one sin that the conscience cannot identify.97 For this reason the people of God tend to make it a virtue. They call it ambition, making something of yourself, getting ahead in life, mixing it up in the marketplace, etc. Be careful, for it may be covetousness. One way you can tell is if you are discontent.
93 John 16:24
Numbers 15-16 Mark 6:1-29 (New King James Version)
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