A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Prov. 14:30
“You must not covet your neighbor’s … (anything)” Ex 20:17
Godliness with contentment is great gain 1 Tim. 6:6
Love does not envy 1 Cor. 13:4
Heavenly Father, this tapestry of Scriptures is timely and convicting. 2020 remains a season of disruption, restlessness, and craving. That’s a cocktail for vulnerability, experimentation, and disaster.
Thank you for teaching us that ingratitude is soul-cancer, comparison is relationship-poison, and envy makes our bone’s rot. We say, “No thank you,” to that trio of maladies.
As convicting as these verses are, Father, they are even more consoling. For they remind us all we really need is Jesus, plus what you choose to give us. If we owned everything we covet and crave, it would never be enough; because there’s a Jesus-shaped-vacuum in all of us that only Jesus can fill.
Tranquility and contentment in Christ won’t lead us to a self-absorbed Nirvana, but to worship you more joyfully, and serve our neighbors with greater generosity. That’s what we really want, because it’s what you made and redeemed us for. Thank you Abba. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ beautiful and more-than-sufficient name.