Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. – Proverbs 30:7-9
Whether you have too little or too much, money can be a dangerous thing. Now don’t misunderstand, there is nothing inherently sinful about being poor or being rich. However, today’s Scripture makes is clear that without wisdom, money can drive a wedge between us and God.
When our physical needs are not being met, it is difficult to focus on our spiritual needs. And in the most extreme cases, poverty can lead to stealing or other kinds of immoral behavior. The danger here is that, in poverty, we forget God’s commands. For those who are “full” and have more than they need there is the danger of developing a sense of self-sufficiency. In a very real way, experiencing comfort and ease in this life can cause us to say, “Who is the Lord?”. In pride and a spirit of self-reliance we forget God.
What is the solution? Well, the answer is in verse eight. We should pray, “God feed me with the food that is needful for me.” So, for those who are struggling to make ends meet, read Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34, and trust that God will take care of you. For those who are wealthy, read Jesus’ words in Luke 12:16-21. Use your wealth for the glory of God and guard against the danger of self-sufficiency.
Father God, thank you for providing for all my needs richly in Christ Jesus. Give me wisdom as I seek to use all you have given me for your glory, and help me to be a good steward of my finances. In poverty help me to trust in your provision, and in wealth may I always be reliant on you. Teach me to be content in every circumstance, so that others might see that you are supremely valuable. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Cameron Ford