Sunday, July 21, 2019

Proverbs 30:8-9 NIV 2011

“Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.

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.”

“Sayings of Agur” is the author of Proverbs 30 written in Proverbs 30:1, “The sayings of Agur son of Jerkeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel.” One commentator wrote, “Probably a non-Israelite wise man like Job and his friends.” His wise words are much like those Moses gave the Israelites before entering the Promise Land. Deuteronomy 8:11, “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands…” Those with much are prone to forget and stop seeking the Lord. Wise men seek the Lord.

I read a devotional “The Perils of Plenty.” It quoted specifics in Deuteronomy 8:3, “He humbled you to hunger…on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” This is what God created us to do. Hunger for His Word, which keeps me seeking Him. The lure of the world in which we live sometimes effects our reliance on the Lord. I become so engrossed in looking around me I stop gazing up at God. Like the wise men of the Bible, I desire to daily seek the Lord.

How does success get in the way of seeking God?

Wisely seeking God,

S

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