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.
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! 🙂