Give me neither poverty nor riches…


Proverbs 30:8-9 …give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.

Three life-saving requests:

  1. Don’t give me poverty:  I might steal, dishonor God, be distrustful of God, and when trying to hide or excuse my conduct, I will give God a bad name.
  2. Don’t give me riches: I might be so full of the world’s luxuries that I neglect feeding my soul.  I may disregard God altogether, and try satisfying myself with counterfeit treasure. I may begin to think that it is owing to my own hard work and skill that I have riches.
  3. Feed me what I need: “Give me this day my daily bread”….my wants are different from my needs.  If God’s providence can supply my needs, that is sufficient for me.  See points 1 and 2 again, and again…..
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