Beware of Covetousness

Anyone who doesn’t believe covetousness is prevalent in today’s society only needs to look at the death toll on Black Friday.

According to a published report, one person was shot at a Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart and several others were injured as “shoppers” ransacked store shelves of other stores in other states for bargains.

This behavior matches Black Fridays in 2008, 2009 and 2010 when there have been injuries and fatalities because of over-zealous striving to have what they want no matter what.

Make no mistake. This behavior is a telling symptom of covetousness. This behavior is motivated by an inordinate desire for things, which is what covetousness is.

We have more things, yet we desire even more things than we have. Entire storage facilities are filling up with the things we have no more room to store in the face of our buying even more things.

Read Rick Kelley’s good article about the phenomenon of covetousness at

Remember this: covetousness is not age specific. One may fall victim to it at any age! It does not affect just the wealthy: some of those who are overcome by covetousness are poor. Covetousness strikes regardless of race or of any other consideration.

As children of God, we must remember what God told us in Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,’” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).

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