Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A New Perspective: Part 10 The END

As a young homemaker catalogs (my generations equivalent of internet shopping) opened a world of decorating possibilities to me. I spent hours perusing those pages, longing for more stuff, nicer stuff. It didn’t take long for me to realize I had a problem, not a house problem, but a heart problem. At that point of confession I coined the term covetlogs.

Wanting fills the human heart. God made us creatures of desire. Wanting, in and of itself, is not a sin. The factors that determine sinfulness are the objects of our desires.

Eastern thought unlike, western, is not linear. Eastern thinking cycles around, and creates growing layers of explanation. We see it here in the last command. The Apostle Paul defines covetousness as idolatry in Colossians 3:5. Remember where we started, the first commandment?
 “‘You shall have no other gods before me.”

This reveals what we ought to want. We ought to want God. God alone is enough to fill the longings of our heart. Longing after things God has entrusted to another robs us of the blessings He’s placed in our own hands.

10.     21 “‘And you shall not covet your neighbor's wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.’

What then does this show us about God’s character? First, I see Him as the appointer of portions. God designates our relationships, our properties, and every other resource we have including our appearance and abilities. Secondly, because He created our wanting hearts to want Him, we know He wants us. He does not covet what belongs to another. He made us, and His desire for us is a good thing.

Knowing He appoints my portion, and wants me, frees me to learn contentment. Covetlogs no longer control my heart, and steal my time and joy. I’m released from the dissatisfaction of things that were never meant to satisfy. Yet more than the freedom of coveting, His desire for me charms my soul. Love’s perfect consummation results from mutual delight. “He delivered me because He delighted in me.” Psalm18:19.

Jesus bound in earthly flesh found contentment in His Father. Remember His warning to those who would follow Him, “The Son of man has nowhere to lay His head,” Matthew 8:20. The King of Kings, poor by this world’s standards, had everything because He had a relationship of mutual delight with the Father.

Father, giver of every good and perfect gift,

Free us to be content in You and portion you appoint for us. We pray with Agur (author of Proverb 30), “Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): Remove falsehood and lies from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches ─ Feed me the food allotted to me: Lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.” Proverb 30:7-9.


I pray this series helped you understand the Ten Commandments are not an oppressive list of rules handed down by a Cosmic Kill Joy. Rather, God invites His image bearers to be like Him. “Be holy for I AM holy,” He pleads with His people, because He knows from experience holiness generates eternal happiness.

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