Hello everyone! I am glad you all made it back here. Well we finally made it. We are at the end of a ten part series dedicated to The Ten Commandments. We have been going through each one, defining them, and seeing how they relate in our daily lives. I believe that these laws are just as important today as they were over 3500 years ago when they were written. Although some things have change dramatically over the years other things have stayed the same. Basic crimes have stayed the same. The way we treat one another has stayed the same as well, for the good and for the bad. They all go against these ten written laws known as The Ten Commandments. I have a feeling God knew what he was doing when he wrote the commandments.
Commandment 10 – You shall not covet
There are many things in this life that we as humans want, desire, and think we need. We have a big giant chip on our shoulders. We think just because we work hard, pay our taxes, and follow the law we are entitled to certain things. We think we deserve it. We deserve the house on seven acres of land in the mountains. We deserve to drive the newest sports car. We deserve a fat bank account. I’m not trying to say that having these things is wrong. All I am saying is that what we deserve is a death sentence. The death sentence that Jesus willingly endured for you and for me on the cross at Calvary! I wonder where we get our reasoning sometimes.
God said, “You shall not covet.” What does that mean exactly? It means to want something intensely. God said, “You shall not covet your neighbors house. You shall not covet your neighbors wife, or his male or female servant, or his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Who is our neighbor? It could be the one who lives next to us. It also could be a friend, relative, acquaintance, brother, sister, etc…..you get the picture.
Back in those days it was much the same as it is today. There were the rich and the poor. There were those with intellect and those without. One might have more livestock than someone else. Their house or estate might have been larger than others. The point of our message today is to be thankful for what God has given you! If you see that there is something that you want you must work hard to get it. Pray to God first to see if it is his will that you may have that certain thing. If it aligns with his will he will provide a way for you to get it.
Think about it, if you covet something or someone, it will lead to breaking more than just this commandment. Say for instance you really want this new car that you’ve seen your neighbor driving around in. You want it so bad that you are willing to anything to get it. You are in a very compromising situation now. You think to yourself why does he get that car and I have to drive this bucket of bolts? In your mind you have already told God that what he has given to you isn’t good enough. Without saying a word. Do you see the dangers in this? God will provide for all our needs! He always does. We have to come to the place in our life where we trust God for everything. He knows best! Don’t let your eyes wander. Be thankful in the good times as well as in the bad! God knows what you need before you even ask him. What you think you need might well fall gravely short of what God has in store for you!
Think about it! You do deserve to live this life and live it abundantly as well. It all has to do with Gods timing. When you feel left behind you may not be. God has you in the precise place he wants you to be. Nothing happens in Gods world by mistake. If it is meant to be it will be, if it isn’t God has another plan. Trust him with everything! As Christians we must walk by faith and not only by sight.
Thank You all for visiting once again! May God Bless You and Keep You——————————————-Your Brother in Christ——————-Matthew J. Leiker