The greener grass – Hope 103.2

The greener grass

By David ReayWednesday 16 Dec 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Exodus 20:17

17 You must not covet your neighbour’s house. You must not covet your neighbour’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbour.” (NLT)

To covet is to desire a particular thing for the wrong reason or at the wrong occasion. It can include someone else’s marriage partner, a certain material item, their measure of success or wealth. Coveting is dangerous for two reasons. One is that it can easily lead to outright theft or adultery. Another is that it betrays a lack of trust in God. We are not content with what we have and who we are and so covet what others have. And so we can never be truly appreciative of what God has given us.

So we may even covet a good thing in a wrong way. A church leader may wrongly covet another church’s evangelistic endeavours. This can lead to backbiting envy and rivalry and also a failure to grasp his or her own unique church situation. Someone else we know wins a sporting prize and we get angry because we wanted that prize and don’t want to see them get the glory.

Nothing essentially wrong with what we covet in such cases, but it is what is in our hearts that makes it wrong. And the antidote to such covetousness is another sort of strong desire. That is a strong desire to trust that God has us in his hands. That he will provide for us in our uniqueness. We don’t have to be like everyone else or have what they have. We can be our true best selves. We don’t fall for the lie that others always have it better and the grass is always greener elsewhere.

We covet a sort of godly contentment and so avoid the sin of covetousness.

David Reay