Wednesday: 26th September, 2018
Reference text: Proverbs 30:5-9;
Proverbs 30:7,8 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
I recall hearing in a lecture the story of a mother who developed a medical complication clinicians could just not take care of. Nearing the end of her days, clinicians fought to buy her more time by trying experimental treatment options but to no avail. They had focused solely on asking one another: ‘what is the matter with her?’ It wasn’t until a step was taken back and the question: ‘what matters to you?’, posed that a clear understanding of her situation became evident.
The question may sound off target and even irrelevant within the setting of health care, where the focus seems to be on “get people back up and running again in no time”. Her paraphrased response to the latter question was :’it isn’t that I don’t appreciate what you lot are doing, but what really matters to me now is that my son will be taken care of and I’d like a glass of hot chocolate’
In today’s text, the writer appears to ask for something strange: he says to God: ‘give me neither wealth nor poverty’. I wonder how many of us will present both options as answers to God when given the same choice to make. From wherever I look, I see it is very likely that I will present only the option for wealth to God as I have my reasons. The same applied to the writer of this proverb: he had genuine reasons for presenting God with those options.
Often when people make decisions that make everyone go like ‘but why?’, very few, if any take a step back to consider contemplating ‘what influenced that decision and what really matters to the decision maker?’ This is because when we have no clear understanding or answers to any of these background questions, we are likely to judge the decisions of others as inappropriate, wrong or just silly.
Remember # don’t just jump to conclusions, before rendering judgement; take a step back and look from a different point of view.