A STRANGE REQUEST

Wednesday: September 23, 2020

Proverbs 30:7-9 “And then he prayed, “God, I’m asking for two things before I die; don’t refuse me—Banish lies from my lips and liars from my presence. Give me enough food to live on, neither too much nor too little. If I’m too full, I might get independent, saying, ‘God? Who needs him?’ If I’m poor, I might steal and dishonour the name of my God.

While we will be quick to commend the author of today’s proverbs for praying against poverty, we will be even quicker to ask for his head on a plate for refusing enormous wealth. Didn’t he know about the principle of ‘exceedingly and abundantly? Or that we ought to be on the lending team and not the borrowing? Don’t we need riches to do that?

Yet, we might also fail to see that this was far beyond just being poor or rich- it was a matter of sustaining a relationship in such a manner that no party is negatively affected. Thus, we will realise that the author is making a rather desperate plea to God saying ‘Make it so that my relationship with you survives the toughest of life’s tests. Let my walk with you remain intact regardless of the many transitions I will go through’.

The reasons for offering up such an ‘unusual’ prayer were two fold: ‘so I don’t deny you, nor dishonour you’. And for such a prayer, you can expect the attention of heaven. Beloved, we can very easily become preoccupied with the things we have been given [wealth and riches] or begin a relentless pursuit of the those we have not been given. In either case, the person of God will be relegated to the background.

The true desire of God is to have us in a place where He remains in focus at each moment in time. That in our daily journey, we will have reason to acknowledge his presence. So that with him holding on firmly to our hands, together we will scale mountains and climb out of valleys- a partnership that survives the test of time.

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