I sat at the kitchen table yesterday, perusing the ads from the Sunday paper.
Of course, I was drinking coffee.
And then, suddenly I realized I wanted stuff.
Like new dishes, where just the week before, I was enjoying the way the light reflected in my pretty, but simple and inexpensive red glass dishes…the ones I’ve owned for over a decade.
And new jeans…even though I cleaned out my drawers a few weeks ago, and saw that I had jeans that I hadn’t worn in a year.
And boots…because can you ever really own enough pairs of boots? Seriously, I might need therapy for this one…
Okay, just kidding…
But my “buy it second-hand” and “never pay retail” mantra was growing quieter than the still soft Voice in the face of the beautiful models showing off the dishes, jeans, boots…and all the other pretty things…
I even started talking about the dishes.
In my head, I was re-arranging cabinets, too. So these dishes that I didn’t need and didn’t own yet could fit.
And it was only later, as in HOURS later, I realized how easy it is to be swayed by that other guy.
How it can happen without us even realizing it…
Eve had a similar experience…
Genesis 3:1-5 NLT
1 Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?” 2 “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.” 4 “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.”
He set her up, then reeled her in.
She was also in the wrong place at the wrong time.
And she doubted.
How often does this happen with us? How often do we allow our thoughts or our bodies to be in the wrong place?
Like reading the ads, when we really don’t need to? Or actually going to the mall, just to wander around and shop? Or flipping through channels waiting for something to “catch our eye?” Or perusing fiction, talking too long with a male coworker, letting our thoughts dwell on how nice the soccer coach is to us and how attractive he is, wishing we (or our kids/husband/parents) were as eloquent/rich/pretty/thin/fit/smart/better/WHATEVER as someone else…or standing in front of the refrigerator, or cookie jar?
Let the coveting begin.
That other guy creates within us a want for something else, when God has created a want for Him… the enemy easily helps us switch our wants to the wrong things.
And at the center of it all is doubt of what we have as good, and want for something other than God… p r i d e.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with these things – and I’m 100% sure that God’s Word in Phillipians 4:8-13 is full of power against this.
Notice it begins with right thinking, then obeying the Word, then follows with finding contentment, and THEN we get God’s strength.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 How grateful I am, and how I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but for a while you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Phil 4:8-13 NLT (emphasis mine)
We have what we have now, regardless of what (or who) it is, because God wants us to have it.
Dare you to join me in finding what is godly in the NOW of what (and who) we have, being content, and accepting the strength that is readily offered to us as a result.
Thank You for being the God Who is everything. The One true God. The Creator of the Universe. The One Who knows me, sees me, and loves me best. Thank You for all You have given me…(dwell for a moment…think of all He has given you)…
Forgive me for coveting and repeating the original sin, the one of wanting something other than You.
Help me set up healthy boundaries in my life to want what You provide for me. Help me to avoid situations where I am tempted to want something else.
Help me fix my thoughts on what You would have me think about. Help me think about what is right in my circumstances, instead of listening to the enemy. Of the many trees in the garden, he had Eve focused on the one thing she couldn’t have. Help me get my thoughts right and help me trust You. Help me obey Your Word, and not listen to lies. Help me be wise to the ways of the enemy. Help me be content with what I have, instead of focusing on what I do not, regardless of what it is. Give me the strength I need in the moments of this day.
Thank You for Jesus. It’s in His name we pray.
Glad you are on the journey.
Love to you,
What about you? What do you struggle with wanting? How did the passage in Philippians connect with you today?
If you are a teen, or have teens doing the dating thing, you might check out Jordan’s awesome post on the TeenRespectDare.com blog today. Before you go, however, we’d love to hear from you here!