February 23, 2021

Sensible living according to the Bible


An incredibly sensible Proverb today that spans 3 verses:

Pro 30:7  Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die:

Pro 30:8  Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

Pro 30:9  That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

What words to live by!  We shouldn’t lie, nor should we covet wealth.  Wealthy people are often gods in their own minds.  If you have ever encountered a head of a company or a department, or a self made millionaire, they are always smart in their own eyes, and they saldy have typically gotten drunk on their own success.  These types are full of pride, and God hates the proud, and no one should aspire to be on the wrong end of God’s anger.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t want to be so poor that we are destined to steal and rob either.  Thou Shalt Not Steal is one of the Ten Commandments, violating this is a major no-no biblically.

So to summarize, we shouldn’t aspire to be rich or poor, but be content with the gifts that God has given us.  As Jesus tells His disciples seek first the Kingdom and all these things will be added to you.  In other words, God will give us what we need, not wanting drunken and excessive lifestyles of the rich or robbing other because that only draws us into sin and ultimately away from God.  We want to be close to God; As James 4:8 says, Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.  We can stay close with God through readings His Word, and living it in obedience.




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