December 15, 2015
8: Keep falsehood and lies from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.
This verse is a striking one, and also the verses before it are humbling. The author Agur who seems to be pretty wise, knowledgeable, compares himself with God’s wisdom and knowledge and finds himself to be wholly lacking. And then he makes two requests, that he does not lie or cheat, and that he is not made poor nor rich. The first request is easy enough to understand and want the same thing myself, but the second request seems a little tougher to understand, and more difficult to want the same myself. Perhaps I don’t fully understand the reason why he’s making such a request, because I don’t see enough reasons to refuses riches God allows. There are certainly both good things and bad things about being rich, and Agur seems to think that the bad outweighs the good, and doesn’t explain why. I currently think that the good outweighs the bad. What are some good things and bad things about being rich? I suppose I don’t really know. I’ve never really been rich, and never really been poor either. But if I speculate, I’d think that the bad is that there are responsibilities that come with being rich, and you might have more difficult time being humble, might face more temptations, and you might be more lonely. And now that I think more about it, there really isn’t that much good things about being rich besides worldly comforts, which is arguable bad too, but anything really good that I can possibly think to do with being rich, God already does. Perhaps this Agur guy has really figured something out. Even Jesus said it’s extremely difficult for the rich to be saved.
Application: keep working on my Christmas list, do QT first thing tomorrow morning