When Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” Matt 4:1-3
Coveting leads to sin.
Jesus was tempted, just like you and me! But He did not sin! He did not give into the temptation.
Although He was hungry He did not covet the taste of bread.
He did not covet to satisfy the hunger He felt.
Instead, He turned to His Father for strength through scripture.
He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” Matt 4:4
He knew the taste of bread was temporary but the word of God is eternal.
Ps 119:11 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. So many before you failed. Eve coveted the fruit, David coveted Bathsheba, Judas coveted money, and Ananias and Sapphira coveted recognition.
There is a blessing for keeping God’s word.
Jesus faced two more temptations from Satan but did not covet what he had offered.
When the temptation ended, angels ministered to Jesus.
When you turn to God for strength to overcome coveting and temptation, He will bless you too.