Avoiding the trap of covetousness

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

Writer Bob James recalls a time when he laid a small circle of poison around a hill of stinging ants. Thinking the tiny granules of poison were food, the ants began to pick them up and carry them throughout the colony. He returned later to see hundreds of the stinging ants carrying the poison down into their hill.

Then he noticed a hole in the circle of poison. Some of the poison was moving the opposite way – away from the hill. Some smaller, non-stinging ants had found this “food” and were stealing it from their ant neighbors. Thinking they were getting the other ants’ treasure, they unwittingly poisoned themselves.

It’s easy to get sucked into the trap of always wanting what others have. From the outside, it looks like they’re getting so much joy from their “toys.” But very often, those things are hurting them, causing them financial strain and taking them away from what’s really important.

Beware of wanting what others have because that very hunger may poison you spiritually. Be content with what God has given you for today, and use what you have to bring glory to His name!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you full contentment in everything you already have.

Questions for Thought

As you look back over your life, have you been driven more by contentment or covetousness? Why do you think that is?

How can you transform your way of thinking into being more content with what you have today?