God’s word is perfect, right, and true, bestowing life and granting joy. Yet in our sin we continually seek to live without, and even above, His word. Only the Word of God made flesh, Jesus Christ, can both atone for our sin and enable us to live faithfully and fruitfully under God’s word.
David waited on the Lord in prayer; Paul taught that we should pray continually. With these teachings in mind, Matthew Henry guides us through ways to maintain an attitude of prayer throughout each day.
As we saw last week in 1 Kings 21, covetousness is a gateway that leads to many other forms of sin. But the gate may be shut through the grace of the Savior who dwells within us. The One who never yielded to covetousness is able to strengthen us against temptation so that we may live lives of contentment before God.
Covetousness may seem less dangerous than the other nine commandments because it’s listed last, but it’s actually a gateway to all other sin. Discontent with God’s Person and provision leads to many wicked choices that soon spiral out of control. King Ahab desired a garden and ended up taking a man’s life to get it. But another King in another garden would offer His life so that many might live.