Jeremiah chapter 6 verse 10 says: “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear?” and verse 13 says “Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness..”
God convicts the entire nation for its covetousness. A major reason why coveting is so dangerous is shown by our credit system, which is based on the process of possessing something before one is actually able to afford it.
In this profit-producing scheme, advertising is credit’s best friend. The marketer’s purpose is to speed up the business, possession, and profit cycle. However, in reality over the long haul, credit actually slows things down and makes items more expensive because the credit must be paid for through interest in addition to the item’s original price. Also for the seller to release goods before receiving full payment, there must be a cost and that can be found in the price of the original item!
It also creates greater debt, enslaving the debtor to the creditor. This same principle is at work in every other unlawful act we learn about in Scripture of which coveting is a part.
Who will listen to this reality? Through Britain’s almost insanely massive and ever-growing indebtedness, God is demonstrating that people simply will not listen to either sound human or divine advice because their minds are driven by the desire to have whatever it is that they want right now. It has a grip on the heart so strong that nothing yet has been able to break it.
This incredible hold is why giving and sharing comes as such a shock when people learn that God requires it. Many are living way over their heads. When they learn of giving, the penalty for their earlier stealing from God greatly influences current spending. They must then learn to pay in adversity, sacrificing as they go on in obedience which is a tough lesson.
So let’s all consider what we have and how we buy it and consider what it is that GOD wants from us. Getting the balance right is critical in these days of “must have now!”
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