Two things have I required of thee: deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? Or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Proverbs 30:7 – 9)
Once again, we find that our souls are stirred by the wisdom and spirit of God's word. Basic life seems to be the ingredients or props needed to express man's fallibility. Can you imagine that? Asking Almighty God to limit one's riches. We can understand not to be desirous of poverty, but riches!
Then there is that tug of vanity, motivated by our natural surroundings. Someone once gave me this advice; "We all have a little larceny in us, otherwise life would not be worth living." He went on to say, you can't tell me that you don't want…….. naming several vices.
Then there are those lies that seem to want to take up lodging in our tongues, to the extent that one may feel not only are lies unavoidable, but a necessary strength to conduct life. What is the antidote?
The author of these Proverbs strongly suggests that we talk it over with him. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder