Poverty or Riches

stewards“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.”  Proverbs 30:8

In recent weeks, there have been several people who have won large sums of money in lotteries.  In a lot of cases, people who have gained wealth this way, have lost it all in a short time, and often end up in a worse situation than they were before.

The writer of Proverbs realized that riches would not satisfy, and he knew that God was a better judge of what he needed than he was.  Rich people face problems, and so do those in poverty.  So, he asked that he not be made rich or poor, just asked to have what was needed to sustain life.

When Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray, part of the process was just asking for daily bread.  God knows what we can handle.  He knows what is best for our situation.  there is nothing wrong with having money, but if money keeps us from having a close relationship with the Lord, then it is better not to have it.  David said he had never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread.  When we trust the Lord, He always meets our need.

Prayer:  Lord, we trust you to supply everything we need, believe that you know what is best for us.

Devotion by Anne Johnston


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