“Two things I ask of you, O 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.”(Proverbs 30:7-9)
When was the last time you rode a seesaw? Do you remember trying to find a friend about your size, then pushing off to go high before slamming back down with a thud?
Up. Down. Up. Down.
Agur, in this passage of Proverbs, steers us away from the extremes. Too high and we may forget God, caught in the grip of self. Too low and we hit the bottom looking for a way out—debt, dishonesty, bankruptcy.
Instead, Agur encourages balance: be content with our daily bread. Know when enough is enough. And where is our enough? It’s different for everyone and only God can show you. Once He does, obedience becomes a choice.
High, low, or balanced? Where are you on the seesaw?
What are your tendencies when finances get tight? Do your kids pick up on your stress?
What are your tendencies when there is abundance?
What does your enough look like?
How do you determine that?
If you have kids, how would they describe the financial climate of your home: high, low, or balanced? Why?