“when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it” (Joshua 7:21).
With deadly consequence, Achan learned that covetous desires are a poor substitute for covenant promises. Hopefully, while all are vulnerable to “things” that capture the heart, we would have the wisdom to know that “things” do not nourish the soul. Earthly wanting is but a temporal manifestation of a transcendent, eternal desire that dwells within. No food, drink, house, car, vacation, clothing label, or material purchase can meet the hunger of the soul. Christ alone is the fulfillment of our true desire. Everything else is a false imitation.