“Two things I ask of you, 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.”
Proverbs 30:7-8 NIV
God isn’t a genie of the magic lamp ready to fulfill my wishes, but if I could ask anything to the Lord, what would it be? Maybe gold, land, a house, health, wealth, a peaceful life?
For the author here, there were two things he judged to be so important to his life that he asks God to do not refuse it before he dies:
- Keep falsehood and lies away.
- Give me just the essentials that I need to live.
He wanted to live a life that brings honor to God’s name, and he explains in the following verse:
“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 30:9 NIV
He knew that if he had too much, he would end up forgetting of serving God, but also if he became poor and start to steal, he would dishonor God’s name. So he asked for just the essential to living.
A lot of people around the globe are affected due to the pandemic. And that also influences the finances.
For us is been the same. I was reviewing our finances this week, and as a missionary family in Japan, a lot of our support comes from overseas. Calculating the balance, I realized that our finances are dropping significantly due the pandemic (during the State of Emergency I could not get so many extra jobs, the Brazilian Real getting weaker, some supporters struggling financially and stopping to contribute, etc…)
We have been to so many ups and downs but one thing we can testify: God provides! He never fails. We were never rich but we always had our daily bread. And that is what brings us peace. God is our provider.
A friend was sharing me his struggles as well. He works in the tourism industry, and recently his working days were reduced and his salary as well. But, at the same time, his wife’s salary got a raise, and when they were putting the numbers down on the paper, they had the same income as before. He told me: “I guess this is our ‘enough’ to live. Not more, not less.”
Father, you are our provider. I thank you that you give us our daily bread. Help me to always honor you on my finances. In good or bad times. Remind me that what I have comes from you and it is yours, not mine. Help me to administrate well. Give us the essentials of what we need to live. In Jesus’ name, I pray.