Proverbs 30:8-9

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.

We live in a world of extremes. It seems that we are stuck in a world of the “haves and have nots.” On one side is extreme poverty where people in most of the world live on less than a dollar a day for a whole family. Then on the other side we have the extremely wealthy 1% who have billions of dollars to burn. The middle class is almost non-existent. Everything the middle class brings in goes right back out. Those in the middle are struggling to keep up with the cost of living. Their salaries don’t keep up with the rise in inflation.

In the middle though is God. He is working on the behalf of those that believe in him. He is providing for His and expects us to provide for the “have nots” and to preach salvation both to the “haves and the have nots.” In the Middle God blesses us to have just enough. In fact having just enough is a pre-requisite to “more than enough.” It’s when we are experiencing a season of “just enough” that God really prepares us and observes rather or not He can trust us with more.

The writer of Proverbs asked God to keep him in a ‘”good place.” If you want to stay in a good place with God you might want to ask for the following things:

  1. Keep falsehood and lies far from me. Ray Charles’ mother was right, “Scratch a lie and find a thief.” If we are going to be trusted by God we must be able to operate in truth. Those who steal should steal no longer. Anything we get by dishonesty will not last.
  2. Give me neither poverty nor riches but give me daily bread. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he told them to pray, “Give us our daily bread.” In other words God is only obligated to make sure we have what we need everyday anything above that is prosperity. When we look at how much we have in comparison to the rest of the world we are extremely blessed. We are more blessed in what we don’t have than what the rest of the world does have.
  3. I may have too much and disown God, and say, “who is the Lord?” there is a danger that if we get too much we start putting confidence in our riches and forget it was God who gave it to us. Money becomes our God. Ironically our currency used to have “in God we trust” inscribed on it.
  4. I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. I think that every person should be able to make a living wage so that they will not have to steal to make ends meet. Those of us in power and privilege should fight for those who do not have a voice so that they can get what they need.

Dear God,

Thank you for giving us just enough to make it. You have kept us through the worst recession since the great depression. You didn’t let us go without and for that we are grateful. Now help us to bridge the gap between the “haves and have nots” by working the middle and ministering to both sides. Thank you for my daily bread!

In Jesus Name,

Amen