I am not sure how, but somehow I missed chapter 30 of Proverbs. As I was reading a devotional from Pastor Scott, I read the passage and thought that Agur Ben Yakeh, the author of that chapter in Proverbs, was a wise man.

Out of the entire chapter, there were three verses that really hit home.

O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.

First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Proverbs 30:7-9

To be honest, as I read these words, I glanced to check whether it was the Bible I was reading (I’ve read it online). It just sounded so… nowadays-ish and logical.

The second favor that Agur asks for has been on my thought-list for a long time. When I was a kid, everyone (it seemed so, anyway) wanted to know whether I’d like to be a president or someone rich. I guess my answer surprised many people. “Nope.”

I was happy even without being rich. I had everything I needed and wanted. Of course, there were things that I wished I could afford, but that didn’t really matter. (As a side note, only in the past few years I have realized how mom and grandma and the rest of my family worked to provide me with everything considering the economy when I was a kid.) And I am also thankful for my friends who accepted me as I was without me having to win them over with “stuff.”

God has been faithful to provide enough for us and He continues to do so. Praise Him! 🙂

  • Praise Him indeed Zee. I have never been rich and have never been destitute. God has always provided everything I need. As they say, "All my needs but not all my greeds." Blessings this weekend as you worship my friend.

  • Hallelujah. I think that being rich would be great sometimes. It would definitely help me now. But it isn't worth the cost of forgetting about God and His providence. It is said that people don't know how much they need Him until He is all they have.

  • j4man

    I am not now nor have I been rich and I have never been poor and God has provided. God is Good.
    My recent post His Hand

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