Proverbs 30:7-9

“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

Proverbs 30:7-9

Agur, the son of Jakeh, offers some wisdom that is very helpful to “those who have ears to hear.” In this proverb he ask for two things before he dies.

First, he asks that falsehood and lying be removed far from him. The alert reader will notice that integrity is a recurring theme in Proverbs. The wise person will take note and accept the instruction (Proverbs 19:20), and begin to eliminate falsehood from his life.

Second, Agur asks that he be supplied with the right amount for his needs. He recognizes that should he have more than enough, he may think he doesn’t need the Lord, thus denying the Lord. And, should he have too little, he may resort to his own ways to provide, thus profaning the Lord’s name.

Agur is wise. He recognizes his own need for God and shapes his thoughts around how he can maintain a good relationship with his God. In other words, he is thoughtful to keep himself in the right place, under God and dependent upon God.

Lord, help me to be wise like Agur.

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