Journal Entry by Paul Davila
S – Scripture: Proverbs 30:7-9 (NIV)
“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.
O - Observation
The writer makes a great couple of comments in these few verses about provision.
He is echoing some of the things Jesus would say hundreds and hundreds of years later about where our provision comes from and trusting in God for all that we need.
Jesus said it in the Lord’s prayer, “give us this day our daily bread…”
Agur discovered this principle way back then.
Q: Why did he have this attitude towards God’s provision?
A: Because he realised something very important:
1. Having too much may cause him to disown God.
2. Having too little may cause him to dishonour God.
A - Application
The lesson here is to trust God for what we need for everyday living. There is a balanced and wise approach to money, resources and provision that Agur is teaching us.
We need money to survive, yet as believers, we need to find a happy medium between knowing how much is enough versus struggling financially.
There is no numerical figure involved here. The key is making sure that what we do have, that we don’t disown God or dishonour Him.
P - Prayer
Thank you for this beautiful insight today Lord. Help me to take this same attitude so that my reliance is on your provision for my life and my family’s. Help me to be content and have a healthy and balanced approach to money and wealth. I ask this in Jesus name.