When Our Hearts Condemn Us, He Is There
Our teaching pastor, Zach Van Dyke, was teaching on Romans 7 this week. He defines covetousness concisely and simply:
Coveting is setting your heart on what you want more than the God who wants you.
We each have a hole — an infinite spaciousness in our soul that yearns to be filled. Knowledge, power, riches, relationships, addictions — we keep throwing these into the infinite hole that can never be filled by finite things. But nonetheless, we set our hearts on these things. We covet them in blind futility and demand that they fill a space they were never intended to.
Then comes the moment when, by the Spirit of God, we realize that we are covetous, more evil than we realize, and in a battle with a bottomless pit. Our hearts condemn us.
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20 NIV
God knows everything, including how helpless we are. So He gave us Jesus. He became sin, the only one who never coveted, or did anything wrong, so that we could be made right with God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
Jesus says that we are blessed when we realize we are poor in spirit, because when we do, the kingdom of God is ours (Matt. 5:3). It is ours because at that moment we realize that what we need is God and that what God wants is us.
There is nothing ever enough to fill the infinite pit in our soul than the infinite love and grace of an infinite God.