Neither Poverty Nor Riches

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? of lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Proverbs 30:7-9

To me, these verses are verses that speak of contentment.  It is hard to imagine someone praying this prayer in America today.  Our entire society is centered around getting, getting, and getting.  We often do not want to be fed with “food convenient for me.”  We want to be fed with the best food money can buy.  We do not want to ask for neither poverty nor riches.  We want to ask for riches and then more riches.

There is, of course, nothing wrong with working hard and diligently in hopes of earning money.  There are many verses in Proverbs and elsewhere that tell us to do just that.  But I do think that there is great wisdom in asking the Lord to feed us with “food convenient for us.”  That puts the decision of what is “convenient for us” is the hands of the Lord.  The Lord knows exactly how much we can handle.  Some people destroy themselves because they are poor.  They get bitter and start to lie and steal to improve their lot in life.  Others destroy themselves because they are rich.  They get prideful and find that their riches, instead of increasing their comfort, just increase their greed.  There is a point at which we have neither poverty nor riches.  And, I think that point is different for all of us.  That is exactly why it is so wise to ask the Lord for help in this matter.

Proverbs is the book of wisdom, and asking for “food convenient for us” would be a wise thing to do.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Moderation is the key..Eat in moderation, work in moderation, rest in moderation and talk in moderation.

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  2. Thanks Ben 🙂

    I happen to like this scripture very much 😉

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Blessings,
    ann

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  3. Thank you, Ben, for pointing that out for us! 🙂 I’ll trust Him with what I need and how much. God bless you as you go for the convenient food today!
    p.s. I’m thinking this did not mean McDonald’s. 😉

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    • That’s funny! 🙂 Actually, our McDonalds just closed the other day for renovations, so I am out of luck there! 🙂 All I need is what God wants me to have- that’s the way I am trying to look at things.

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