Coveting

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 2:1-5

They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and take them away. (v. 2)

A while back I remember seeing a statistic about what a pathetically small number of people could name all Ten Commandments. Even among Christians it’s a ridiculously low percentage. When is the last time you heard the Ten Commandments read in your church?

Just in case you don’t remember, the commandment about not coveting is number ten. And it’s an important one! The reason why it is important is because it penetrates beyond the outward act to the inward motive. Not only is it wrong to steal; it is wrong to inwardly desire something someone else has.

It is not just the poor who desire more. The people Micah was addressing were wealthy. Adam and Eve had almost the whole Garden of Eden and they still wanted more. That’s how we all are—never satisfied. “If I had just this one more thing, then I’d be happy.” The problem with coveting, of course, is that it puts things in the place of God. When Jesus told the story of the man who wanted to pull down his old barns so that he could build bigger ones, he ended by saying that that man was a fool, because he was not rich toward God (Luke 12:21). Desiring more will not make us happy. Only God will.

PRAYER

Lord, help me be satisfied with what you have given me. Amen.