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“Happy is the people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is the people, whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 144:15). We give God thanks for the blessings he has bestowed on us. We praise him for his promises. God loves when we praise him regularly but sometimes, we are not in the frame of mind, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” (Psalm 42:5). This can be attributed to discontentment. There are at least three signs:
The definition of covetous is “having a great desire to possess something, especially something that belongs to another person.” We are encouraged to avoid covetousness because our value is not determined by our possessions, “And he said to them, Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). Covetous leads to other sins such as stealing, hatred, malice, and murder. For example, the story is told that King Ahab coveted his neighbor, Naboth for his vineyard. He offered to purchase it but Naboth refused to sell, and so he had him killed (1 Kings 21). Another example is when people commit adultery. The Bible says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22). When we submit our covetousness to Christ, he will either remove it or help us to bring it under control.
God desires for us to have a joyful attitude, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). A sad countenance indicates that a form of discontent has disrupted our joyful attitude. In that case, the source of the unhappiness needs to be identified and addressed. For example, the story is told that King Artaxerxes noticed that Nehemiah looked sad and so he asked him about the reason for his distress. Nehemiah explained to him that he would like to return to Judea and start rebuilding Jerusalem. The king gave him permission and his sadness disappeared (Nehemiah 2). Unhappiness should not be accepted as a constant emotion in our daily lives, the Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
3. Love of money
The Apostle Paul wrote, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). The love of money may be defined as an intense desire to have more. The Bible says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). The love of money indicates a greater need, the need to be satisfied with the love of Christ. We were born with a void that can only be filled when we accept Christ as Lord and obey his teachings. Some people have not allowed Jesus to fill this void and so they try to use money, which does not work.
How do you know if you love money? A love of money is evident when you do the following:
Think about money more than you think about God.
Find pleasure in looking at the amount of money in your account.
Engage in get rich schemes, do multiple jobs, or make bad investments. The Bible says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).
Use your money to satisfy your needs and not help others. Everything in the world belongs to God including money, “The earth belongs to God! Everything in all the world is his!” (Psalm 24:1). He gives you money to meet your needs and also to help others, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God (Hebrews 13:16). “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17).