Two things I ask of you;
Deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
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. Proverbs 30:7-9
Agur makes a great argument for contentment and truthfulness. If we obtain great riches, we tend to forget the Lord’s part in all of it. After all, it is He who gives us the intellect, energy, and circumstances to produce it. On the other hand, if we are in poverty, we may commit crimes out of desperation and bring dishonor to our Maker. Agur pleads for the food that is needful. What a wonderful example of wisdom in the area of financial success. May we be a little more concerned with the name and reputation of God than with our own creature comforts.
God, in what ways am I tempted to lie or share falsehood? How content am I with the food that is needful?
As this day begins, I thank You, O God, for the provisions in my life. You have been more than generous with me. May I be a truth teller. Please remove falsehood and lying far from me. And continue to feed me with the food that is needful. I am grateful for the way You have been answering my prayers for friends and family who have been ill, undertaken surgeries,… please restore each one to full energy and health- Joe, Joni, Roy, and Shirley.