Exodus 20:17 (KJV)
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 any thing that is thy neighbour's.
We've all been in that place where we've admired what someone else has and compared it to what we have. "Oh her job seems perfect, not like mine ." "Their kids are so well behaved, not like mine." "Her husband is so attentive, not like mine." "Their house is so big and beautiful, not like mine." "Wow, their car is so sleek, not like mine." While these may seem like insignificant, nothing sort of musings, those thoughts can often develop into something ugly...jealousy, envy, resentment, and a basic discontent with what's going on in our own lives.
That's what external focusing can do to us. When we get so busy worrying about what someone else has, or does, or is we often overlook what God has done for us. The blessings that we have and are receiving from God.
There are so many times that I've seen someone acquire a great deal of money, and it's not uncommon to hear people wishing for, hoping for, praying for that same situation. While you are coveting someone else's blessing, you're not taking the time to thank God for the one that He has granted you. Do you have a job? Blessing! Or maybe you lost your job...but were you still able to pay your bills? Blessing! How about your lights...did they stay on? Blessing! Did you have food to eat? Blessing!
Are you in good health...never been sick a day in your life, or never been touched by disease? Blessing! Or did you get sick, but then were you healed? Blessing! Count them all - Blessings!
So when we sit back and think about all the blessings that we enjoy in life, how can we slap God in the face by basically saying, "Lord, what you've given me is not enough. I want what THEY have." God grants us blessings, not because of anything that we have done, but simply because of His grace and mercy.
It's like the conversation that I have with my children all the time. Nobody has to give you anything, nor me, nor anyone else. There are times that people are nice and they choose to give you something. If that is the case, we should be grateful and show our appreciation. Certainly God Almighty does not have to give us anything, so how awesome is it that He chooses to give to us so much. Our life - even if it's not perfect; our breath - even if some of us have respiratory issues; our health - even if we get sick sometimes; our families - even if they are not drama free; Our Everything!
And no this does not mean that we should not want things and that we should not ask God for those wants. It just means that we should not covet what others have and basically mock what God has given us already.
So the next time we feel like we've gotten less than what we deserve, because we don't have everything someone else has, we must just enter that place of praise for we do have. And more importantly, we must realize that we could never do anything to deserve that which God has granted unto us anyway.
I believe we should shout praises to Him just for who He is and what He has done in our lives...Adonai! - meaning Lord; Elohim! - God the Creator; El Shaddai! - God Almighty; Yahweh-jireh! - God our provider; Yahweh-rapha! - meaning - God who heals; Yahweh-shalom! - meaning God is peace.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Let's join in prayer: "Father, You are everything to me. I thank You for being my Lord and Savior. I thank you for watching over me and my family each day. Your protection, Your guidance, Your healing power, Your peace, Your comfort and Your love are life giving. I thank for Your blessings and ask Your forgiveness for taking one of those blessing for granted even for a second. I love You and honor You. In Jesus' name. Amen.