What does true human deprivation look like? We whine and complain about trivial things. For instance; when we dwell on what others have, we begin to covet those things. One of the ten commandments forbids coveting. Exodus 20:17 declares:
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox or his donkey; or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Webster defines covet (to want something you do not have) very much. Coveting steals the time you could have been “thinking on good things; whatsoever is pure, lovely and of good report.” It matters not how much wealth a person has; there will always be more to be had.
When will we be truly satisfied? When will we be content? Would it help to look on those who are deprived of basic human needs? Food, proper clothing and shelter? There are many.
Paul stated in Hebrews 13:5: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Most of us cannot begin to fathom true deprivation. We may not have everything our heart desires but yet we lack nothing. David declares in Psalm 37:25: “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” Do you have shelter; clothing and people that love you? Do you have Jesus Christ tabernacling inside of you?
YOU LACK NOTHING!
Prayer in Motion:
Jesus You are my Creator, Redeemer and Provider. You have never left me nor forsaken me. Thank You that I lack nothing. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I trust You Lord. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen