Nahum 1:1-3:19 / Revelation 8:1-13 / Psalm 136:1-26 / Proverbs 30:7-9
“Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty or riches – feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
This Proverb has a very level-headed message. First, Solomon (the writer of most of Proverbs) asks that God would remove falsehood and lies from him. Solomon understood that he lived in a sinful world and that his best chance at combating lies and deception would be to have greater wisdom regarding his ability to discern right and wrong/good and evil. He wanted to be quick to identify evil so he could flee from it.
Second, he addresses the subject of finances. Experience tells him to ask the Lord for neither poverty, nor riches. While he didn’t want to have to live on the edge, continually struggling, he realized that having too much wealth and material possessions could cause him to feel self-sufficient and without the need to rely on God – Jehovah Jireh, his provider…a scary place to be.
It’s unrealistic to ask God to remove falsehood, sin temptation and lies from us due to the fact that we live in a fallen, mixed up, messed up crazy world. However we absolutely CAN ask Him to equip us, give us wisdom, and help us identify and navigate the evil we are sure to encounter. We can become experts in foreseeing evil and keeping ourselves far from it! Very cool truth!!
And, regarding material wealth, our prayer should be something like this:
“Lord, You are good. I know You love me and have GREAT plans for my life. Whatever Your plan for me regarding money, material wealth may be, I don’t want to have to spend my mental energies continually struggling, but I also don’t want to have so much so that I forget my need for You, become self-sufficient, and grow apart from You…dangerous. You made me, You know me, You are the creator of the adventure I was born to be on with You. Give me just what I need regarding possessions. Help me to steward and grow everything You give me, work with excellence and multiply my gifts. Help me be truly content and grateful with whatever You choose to provide”.