Have you noticed that people of great wealth often have great problems? Sadly, Bill Gates, the tech icon is parting ways with his wife Melinda. I feel bad for them and wish the best in healing from the hurt. A year or so ago, the same for Jeff Bezos and his wife. Great wealth can foster a sense of self-sufficiency that isn’t good. It has not escaped my attention that those in positions of power are often tempted toward deceit. Our politicians are a stunning example. Maybe because they aren’t really sure who they are at the core. “Be true to thyself and it follows you can be false to no other.”- rough Polonius paraphrase… Right? Thank you Shakespeare! Following Solomon’s proverbs, comes the words of Agur.”the collector” of sayings. He humbly advocates for truth telling and avoiding the pitfalls of riches. Instead, pleasing God and protecting His reputation are his aim! We ought to do the same.
Two things I have asked of You;
Do not refuse me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me,
Give me neither poverty nor riches;
Feed me with the food that is my portion,
So that I will not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
And that I will not become impoverished and steal,
And profane the name of my God. Proverbs 30:7-9 NASB
How am I keeping deception and lies far from me? Have I committed to truth telling so that God’s reputation and name will not be profaned?
God, as this day begins- I do desire to speak the truth in a loving way in all situations. Please give me the courage to do so. I thank You for all (and its certainly more than deserved) You have provided for me and our family. You have been so kind. But, may we continue to rely upon You for life, and breath, and ability. I pray I am one who causes Your name, the name above all other names, to be held in high esteem.