Is the Grass Really Greener Over There?
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
Of all of the commandments the one people think is the least important one is this commandment speaking of coveting. There are several reasons for this.
- First, people are not exactly sure what it means to covet something.
- Second, this commandment only deals with our thoughts and does not have a direct influence on others.
- Finally, this commandment is one that we break more often than most all of the others.
What does it mean to covet?
Coveting is having a sinful desire for anyone or anything that belongs to our neighbor. When Moses gave this commandment the place of temptation and coveting was with our neighbor because that is what we saw with our own eyes and pondered. Today with the marvel of TV we can see people or things from all over the world. How many marriages have been broken because one thinks the grass is greener with someone else they see? How many things that we have are considered no good because there is something newer or a little more appealing?
Does God really care about our thoughts?
Yes He does. Jesus asks us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. All of our thoughts are part of our mind. The only two who are in on your thoughts are you and God. Maybe in this area we see the contrast between being joyful and appreciative with what we have and seeing them as blessings of God, versus seeing something or someone and making that thing the focal point of joy in our hearts and lives.
Appreciating the Blessings we have is a way of saying thanks with our thoughts to the one who gives more than we realize. This commandment is lived out each and every hour we think and live. Thanking God for what we have is the practical way that faith sees God and everything that He has made.
“God has made everything beautiful in its time, yet we cannot fathom all that God has done.” -Ecc. 3:11
When we do not covet we say thank you to God for my spouse, house and possessions, with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.