Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: (8) Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: (9) 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.
Tis the season…of materialism. This is a good passage to consider during the current season covetousness and materialism. The wise man is asking something of God. The word “required” is not the best translation and it rubs me wrong to think that man can require anything of God. According to the BDB lexicon the word means “to ask, inquire borrow, or beg”.
The wise man is asking God for two things: 1) to be kept from worthless deceptive thinking, and 2) to be neither rich, nor poor, but have his needs met. The two things for which he asks are interconnected. If a person is affected by the deceptive lies of the world, he may very well begin to feel that he cannot be happy unless he has more stuff, and so he desires to be rich. If he cannot be rich he may easily become discontent with his own state as he observes others around him living in greater luxury. So the wise man asks that he be kept from this vain or empty thinking which is actually a lie. Our world, Christian’s included, has been deceived by the lie that we need stuff to be happy. Parents are training their kids in this thinking by giving them more stuff all the time. We need to recognize the deceit and the emptiness of it all and plead with God for help.
The wise man then asks that God will give him just enough. He recognizes the danger in having too much or too little. He says, “lest I be full, and deny thee”. Yes, it does seem to be a truth that people who have their needs met in excess, fail to depend on God. This may be the reason America is in such deplorable moral condition. We are all rich in America. The poor have TVs, cable for their TV, nice places to live, plenty of food, heat, clothing, and even cell phones. Why should anyone depend on God?
When people don’t have to depend on God they go one step further and deny or despise Him because of the moral law He holds them to. People like to think that they believe in God, but the God of their imaginations is not the God of the Bible. May God grant us clear minds, undeceived by worldly thinking and give us what we need.