Something comes up unexpectedly that we don’t want to deal with. We often, though unconsciously, emotionally block it through coveting. Coveting takes away our focus from the emotional pain. We reach out for an alternative in our mind. It might be food, or social media. It will be anything other than what we are facing.
Stress seems to have been at an all time high with the worldwide pandemic. Many have allowed their minds to emotionally block the present by replacing it with something they deem not stressful. Yet, in reality we are going against God’s way. What does stress do? It overwhelms our central nervous system.
Psalm 61:1-2 says, “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Here is a new song about handling stress God’s way.
Song of the Altar
In the midst of adversity when trouble surrounds me. I come into Your presence and I build an altar. I remember how You met me time and time again and I bow in worship.
Nothing can overtake me when I hide in You. Nothing can overwhelm me when I look to You. I set my eyes on You and I gaze into Your face. I bask in the love of Your eyes full of grace.
No one can comfort me like You O Lord. I will make Your presence my abiding place as I hide in You from the tempest of this storm. Yes I’ll hide in You as I bow and worship at Your feet.
Many of David’s Psalms were written at a time of stress in his life. What does Psalm 23:1 say? “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” It is when we want and don’t get that covetousness can sneak in.
Myriad times Scripture recorded Paul in want. Yet he learned how to be content in the midst of those wants. Philippians 4:11 says, “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” Content means to be satisfied. There is only One Satisfier.
Jeremiah 31:14 says, “I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.” The next time you long for something, I encourage you to memorize Psalm 107:9 so it is in your heart reservoir. Quote it and immediately your heart will refocus on the Lord. It says, “He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
Twice goodness is mentioned as relating to filling a heart need. Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him.” Trust carries over into expectation.
Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” When we block our emotional pain through covetousness, our expectation is towards some ‘thing’ that we don’t have.
The crux of coveting is not being content with what we have, so we want what we don’t have. It is all a setup that started in the garden. We have an enemy that dangles his hook, seeking to catch us off guard. His bait is lust that lures our flesh out of hiding.