When we covet It plants seeds of distrust. We begin to question God. Is he outstanding if he hasn’t given me all I want? Does he know what’s best for me?
Why is Coveting so dangerous, because it is one of the fundamental rules of the Ten Commandments? The book of Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s.
We need to know that when the Lord issues a commandment, he is protecting us from something harmful, not restraining us from something good. God’s call to forsake covetousness helps us in, dissuading us from running after things that, on their own, disappoint, distract, or even destroy. He instead calls us to what is truly good, worthy, and satisfying: himself.
When we covet, we expose ourselves to commit unspeakable crimes because we decide that what someone else as should be ours. Therefore, to achieve what we perceive is something attractive to own, we will murder an individual to take away what he or she has in their position.
Murder, kidnapping, drug selling, all criminal activities are the by-product of covetousness. Society looks at what someone’s else has it may be wealth, position, or fame and instead of using their talents to achieve those things they decide to take a shortcut and that always means that someone will pay the price and in most cases with their lives.
Covetousness, a sin inextricably tied to our wants, it is a corruption of the Devil. Satan uses our wish to push us through a door of self-satisfaction. Coveting turns our attention from God our right Provider and fixates it on lesser value. It leads us to believe that we can be satisfied in creation without the Creator.
When we covet we are questioning the true fundamental to our salvation: In Christ, we are made complete, lacking nothing And we are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10) God is our Provider and will never leave us in need. In his presence is the fullness of joy and at his right hand are pleasures forever. (Psalm 16:11).