“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus [20:17]
We have all felt the strong desire for something new. Maybe it was the release of the new iPhone, or the muscle car at the Dream Cruise, or the Facebook Live demonstration of the latest and greatest product that you didn’t know you needed. But now that you’ve have seen it, you just have to have it!
In the Tenth Commandment, God warns his people of this destructive tendency—to crave something that isn’t ours.
God designed us with a healthy desire to serve our Creator by cultivating and caring for his Creation. But our sinful condition has distorted this desire. The sin in our hearts turns this desire to serve upside down so that things must serve our wants and needs. We are easily convinced that things, accomplishments, circumstances, or other people can satisfy the deepest longings of our heart—if we could just acquire them. These desires can draw us away from the only One who can truly bring joy and satisfaction. Our pursuit of these lesser things robs us of our delight in the Greatest.
Take a moment to admit to God your tendency to desire things. Ask Him to provide you with a hunger and a thirst for Him that exceeds your desire for any substitute.
Father, cause me to recognize the goodness that you have provided for me. Purify my desires so that I want only what you desire to provide. Give me a fullness of joy as I experience your presence. Amen
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