How is it that in the richest nation on the planet, there is so much coveting? Do we in America not have enough stuff?
Politicians today routinely tempt – no, actually incite – the citizenry to vote for schemes that will take money from one group of people and give it to another. These politicians speak as if it’s only the wealthiest among us who are capable of greed – all while appealing to the greediness of everyone else.
Instead of giving heed to such rhetoric, let us pay attention to the Scripture’s admonitions to be content with what we have, and to avoid all forms of greed:
Some soldiers were questioning [John the Baptist], saying, “And what about us, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely, and be content with your wages.”
– Luke 3:14
Then [Jesus] said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”
– Luke 12:15
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?”
– Mark 8:36
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
– 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said,
“I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU,
NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
so that we confidently say,
“THE LORD IS MY HELPER,
I WILL NOT BE AFRAID.
WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?”
– Hebrews 13:5-6
You can be tempted to covet what others have no matter how much…or how little…you currently have.
Therefore, let this be our attitude: “O Lord Jesus, we do not covet what we don’t have; rather, we are thankful for what we do have.”
(And do not think for a minute that God will be stingy with those who happily embrace the contentment He counsels.)