Book: Proverbs 30
“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.”
Notice that in these verses the writer is wanting to honour God and rely on Him. He knows that if he relies on himself he will turn away from God both in poverty or riches. Most people would have a tendency to ask God to “Bless them” with much wealth then they would be able to serve Him easily.
I remember a time in my life that I started trading commodities. I had paper traded (practiced trading without any money) for three months, was successful on paper so then started live trading (with money). The reason for doing this was so that “I” could make lots of money so that “I” could give it to Christian ministries and therefore “I” would be helping God. I believed falsely that this would please God. Well it did not turn out how I expected or wanted. God wisely made sure that my foolishness would not succeed which I am now thankful for. Being rich is not the answer. Being faithful to Him is.
On the other hand I remember the ministry I was serving in had a substantial drop in their giving and for a period of four months my salary was cut by 20%. During that time God provided in incredible ways. At the time one of our sons was in diapers. Every time I went to the store to purchase them they were on sale for five dollars instead of the fifteen dollars they usually were. There were other things we regularly purchased that all of a sudden always were 60-70% off. It stayed that way until my salary was restored to the original amount. Guess what happened when I went to get diapers the next time my salary was restored? Yes, you are right, diapers were back up to fifteen dollars. Through that time we never saw a dip in our bank account even thought my salary dropped. We learned to rely on God and he provided.
What is your attitude towards finances? Can you say as the proverb writer did, “Give me just enough to satisfy my needs”?
Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”