Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 17: Coveting to Contentment
February 1 2002 by Lisa Horton , Romans 7:7-8; Philippians 4:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 17: Coveting to Contentment | Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Friday, Feb. 1, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Feb. 17: Coveting to Contentment

By Lisa Horton Romans 7:7-8; Philippians 4:10-13; 1 Timothy 6:6-10

One day Abraham Lincoln and his two sons passed by a neighbor's house. Hearing the boys crying, the neighbor asked Lincoln what was wrong with them. Lincoln replied, "Just what is the matter with the whole world! I have three walnuts and each boy wants two."

The Sin of Covetousness(Romans 7:7-8)

Our society is consumed with the desire to have more things. We spend our lives trying to keep up with the Joneses. We believe that the one with the most toys wins. The more we accumulate, the more we want. As Prov. 27:20 indicates, our eyes "are never satisfied."

Do we really even know the difference between our "needs" and our "wants" anymore?

In a cemetery in England stand two grave markers. The first one says: "She died for want of things." The other marker reads: "He died trying to give them to her."

In the 10th Commandment, God warns us not to covet (Ex. 20:17). Why? Because covetousness is a sin and a snare of Satan. When we covet, we focus on what we do not have, instead of focusing on what God has given to us.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were given every tree in the garden to eat from - except one. Instead of enjoying the "many" wonderful trees God had provided, Satan deceived them into focusing on the "one" tree they were not allowed to eat from. Disobeying God's command, they took what they desired and, as a result, lost all the abundant provisions that had once been theirs.

Do we concentrate on the things we desire to have, rather than thanking God for what we do have? Why do we live beyond our means? Why are our credit cards maxed out? Why do we take out new loans to pay the old ones? Could it be that we have never learned the secret of contentment?

The Secret of Contentment(Philippians 4:10-13)

Paul says, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances" (Phil. 4:11). Paul's source of contentment was his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He says, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Phil. 4:13). Jesus Christ gave Paul the strength, not only to accomplish His will, but also to be content in any situation.

If Christ is our source of fulfillment, then regardless of external conditions, we can be content. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

A covetous heart is never satisfied, but a contented heart is always satisfied. The only way to have a contented heart is to find delight in the Lord.

Job was a wealthy man who trusted in God, not for what God could give him, but because God was God. When Job tragically lost everything, his attitude demonstrated that he had learned the secret of contentment. Job said, "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

Job discovered that wealth could come and go, just like that! But God is eternal, faithful and trustworthy. Job found contentment and security in Him.

The Seduction of Riches(1 Timothy 6:6-10)

When John D. Rockefeller died, a reporter, wanting to know how wealthy he had been asked his personal aide, "How much did he leave?" The aide replied, "All of it!"

It is true that hearses tow no trailers! Paul reminds us that "we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it."

Wealth is seductive because it appeals to a person's desire for power and pride. Money itself is neither good nor bad; it is only a tool that can be used for good purposes or for evil purposes. It must never become the object of our love or the source of our happiness. We should never settle for the love of money instead of the love of God. Someone wisely said, "Money never made anyone rich."

Contentment is not dependent on our bank account, our relationships, where we live, where we work, or the car we drive. Contentment is dependent on "Who" we know!

Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, let Him be your source of contentment.

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