Times like these I wonder what the future will look like. Will I never travel again? I love to travel. Will my daughter's childhood memories of "fun things" not include her mommy? What will happen to me? I surely cannot continue at this level of pain for the next 30+ years. My health has already deteriorated a lot in the last year.
It's easy to feel sorry for myself. If I am not careful I can begin to covet the lives of others....covet their health, their wealth, their ease of life. Our pastor preached a convicting sermon this week on the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:13-21.
"And he (Jesus) 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.'"(v.15)I think most of us think of covetousness as desiring others' things or possessions, but covetousness involves longing for anything that is not ours as we are warned in the ten commandments, Exodus 20:17. The root of coveting is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). It is not being content with what God has given us and it is not trusting God's good and perfect plan for our life. Jesus tells this greedy brother that "life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions". I think we could insert whatever thing we desire more than God in the place of possessions if it begins to become something we covet: health, children, marriage, job, ease of life, friends...you name it.
I know sometimes I have justified my covetousness saying, "I don't desire health more than God, I just want God and I want health, what's wrong with that?" But do I think about being healthy again more than I think about God? Do I research more about my condition and treatment options than I read my Bible? Will I love God and trust Him even if I don't regain my health? Jesus says we must guard against even the smallest degree of covetousness.
At the end of the parable the rich man has all his heart's desires and says,
"Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." (v. 19-21)I don't want God to call me "fool" for laying around crying and wishing I didn't live in chronic pain. It's something I must battle against because I want to be rich toward God. What about you, are you spending your life no matter how easy or how difficult laying up treasure for yourself or for God?