Chapter 30: Lord, Give Me What I Need
“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? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.” Proverbs 30:7-9
The writer here, wrote some interesting words. He was asking God to not give him to much and not to give him too little.
Agur, the writer of this chapter, said that if he had too much he would end up relying on self and say ‘Who is the Lord?’ meaning he didn’t need the blessings of God in his life.
He then said that if he had too little he would end up taking the name of God in vain.
Agur wanted to make sure that he was in a position to always rely on God and then praise God for what he was given.
We always want more! More food! More money! More things! More! More! More! That is just the way the human flesh is. If you look around and see the majority of the rich people, do not rely on God. They don’t trust in Him to take care of them.
No one wants to be poor. The danger of being poor is you forget to realize to trust and rely on God to take care of you. The danger of stealing is there. The danger of blaming God for the position you are in is there.
It is interesting that both ends of the spectrum can lead you to trusting in yourself to make it rather than trusting in God. No matter who you are in life and the position you are in, it can lead to not trusting in God to take care of you.
After reading this, my prayer is that the Lord gives me what I need. Not too much. Not too little. Just enough. I always want to be in a position where I trust in the Lord to supply all my needs and to take care of me. I never want to blame Him for the position I am in.