What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7 ESV
It is amazing that we don't even realize how much we covet. Paul here in Romans explains that he would not have even known he was a sinner if it wasn't for coveting. We have been so programed by our culture that coveting has become a good thing. We get shown things that we don't need and get all excited to get that something and do anything to get it. We complain to our parents that we need it, manipulate people to get it, and exchange our hard work for it. All in the spirit of coveting.
I was convicted of this sin recently, I wanted a bigger church, better building, and a bigger offering. I would even ask God why can't we have these things. God got my attention real quick when I heard some other pastors and what they have and how happy they were that just a small few were coming to hear the gospel. Instead of coveting I should have been praising for what God had given me for ministry.
Maybe we all need a check to see if we are coveting instead of praising. That goes for God as well. How many times do we covet the blessings of God and not want God himself in our lives. Lord fix my marriage, my life, my problems- but I don't really want you. I just want what you can do for me.
Ask God this week if you are coveting something, ask for forgiveness and start seeking His face. Once you seek God you may find the things you were coveting you never really needed.