Exodus 20:17 Be Content With What God Gives

The word covet is the Holy Bible 19 times, but not many people really know what the definition of the covet is. To help those who don’t know Biblical terms, let me help you;

Definition of covet

transitive verb

1 : to wish for earnestly  (covet an award)

2 : to desire (what belongs to another) inordinately or culpably  The king’s brother coveted the throne.

The Lord wants His followers to be happy with his or her possessions, obeying this commandment will help a Christian keep and all of the commandments of God, To covet is want, desire to have or want. If you desire to honor your parents no big deal, if a spouse is happily no desire to commit adultery. If you are content with your belongings, no desire to steal or kill to get what you want. A lot of people covet shiny things that are symbols of wealth like gold, silver & precious jewels. The Lord warned Israel, when you take or a new land, destroy their graven images and do not be tempted or covet the gold or silver that came off their fake god, cause that shiny item will become a god in your pocket.

Deuteronomy 7:25 The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26 You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.

So much damage can be avoided if people are truly content with what they want, if it seems to be a human trait in our sinful flesh to want something we can’t have or of someone else. Most crimes we hear about or see are the result of covetousness, they even call some extreme acts of violence are called a  crime of desire. It would  help yourself to keep the tenth commandment, if a person, is more spiritual and less worldly. Plenty of scripture tells God’s children be happy with what you have, but those hearts are always in desire to make themselves suffer.

1 Timothy 6:5  These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy. 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

A mind that is a covetous mind, can never be happy especially if you desire a family or friends’ possessions. Be at peace at what the Lord has given you, your greater reward is in His heavenly kingdom . God bless you, the Lord loves you and so do I. Samuel H


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