"Let your conduct be without covetousness and be content with what you have for He Himself has said "I will never leave you nor forsake you".
So we may boldly say "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?""
In the context of what we talked about yesterday these two verses are incredible. The last of the 10 words that God wrote with His own hand on two tablets of stone was "You will not covet your neighbour's house or your neighbour's wife, or his man servant or his maidservant or his ox or his donkey (or his SUV or his 5th wheel or his...)" Well you get the picture...
What does knowing God is always with us and fear have to do with having an affair or wanting what our neighbour has? Could it be that infidelity has more to do with feelings of inadequacy than anything else? Just do a Google search and look at the volumes of writing done on the connection between a midlife crisis and affairs. Why? Because we are always trying to measure up. The root cause of a midlife crisis is the feeling that life is passing by and I haven't accomplished enough and or the fear I will get too old to do all the things I want to do. Some make a drastic career change, some buy a sports car, and too many see if they can get a younger man or woman to sleep with them to somehow prove their virility.
The truth is these kinds of thoughts and the resulting actions can happen at any age. God calls all of this covetousness. He exposes to us that it is rooted in looking around at others and assuming they are happier or more fulfilled than us. We then try to figure out "What do they have that I don't?" and then we pursue acquiring it. The irony is that often the people we try and emulate are often feeling the same feelings toward us thinking we are happier than they are.
What is the cure for all this madness? Feeling complete, adequate, and satisfied. How do we do that? Take Jesus' promise seriously and believe Him. If you have given your life to Him, He has given and is giving you everything you need for your journey through this life to end well. That husband or wife that you prayed for in your younger days is still the one. He or she is still the partner God chose for you to make the journey with and the one who will ultimately satisfy. If you needed a sports car He'd see that you got one. That sounded silly didn't it? It is silly. We don't need stuff to feel complete. We need to believe Him to feel complete. Faith will fill you. Covetousness will chew you up and spit you out.
We don't need to fear we are missing something. If we have Him we have everything. Believe Him. Start now. Today.