Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, so that I will not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” And that I will not become impoverished and steal, and profane the name of my God. – Proverbs 30:9
As the nation of Israel grew exceedingly hungry on their journey to the Promised Land, God provided manna from heaven. Each morning they would arise to a fresh batch of this miraculous substance and with each passing day were taught to depend upon God’s provision. Hundreds of years later, while instructing His disciples in the practice of prayer, Jesus harkened back to that dependence and included this request to His Father, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
Poverty (or just a simple need or want) can lead us to devise our own methods of obtaining what we desire. Wealth, on the other hand, can often lead us to trust in our own provision. A person might come to believe in their own abilities and deny the God who provided the opportunity to do so. Since both poverty and wealth have the ability to drive us away from complete dependence upon God, Solomon prayed for neither one.
Let’s face it, this life is sometimes “feast” and sometimes “famine,” but whichever it may be we need to learn to daily depend upon our Creator and Sustainer. Lord, please give us today our daily “bread” and may we be daily reminded that it is Yours to give.
Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil. – Andrew Murray