How much is too much?

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Proverbs 30:1-9 (Living Bible)

[1]These are the messages of Agur, son of Jakeh, addressed to Ithiel and Ucal:
[2]I am tired out, O God, and ready to die. I am too stupid even to call myself a human being!
[3]I cannot understand man, let alone God.
[4]Who else but God goes back and forth to heaven? Who else holds the wind in his fists and wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who but God has created the world? If there is any other, what is his name—and his Son’s name—if you know it?
[5]Every word of God proves true. He defends all who come to him for protection.
[6]Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
[7]O God, I beg two favors from you before I die:
[8]First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs!
[9]For if I grow rich, I may become content without God. And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.

Mr Agur Jakeh from our Bible passage above described himself with some unpalatable words but spoke like he was there when God the almighty spoke to Job in Job chapter 38. After expressing the awesomeness of God, he then made his request, he wanted neither poverty nor riches, and gave convincing reason for this strange request: a natural man in stupendous wealth thinks it is by his own strength and effort, and has no regard for the Lord, whilst if he were extremely poor, he would be tempted to steal or put his hand to evil. So, just the daily bread and cloth to cover his nakedness is all he wants.

Another school of thought views this request as lazy and selfish. Lazy in that a person with such mentality would not work hard enough to earn beyond his basic needs. Selfish because he has forgotten the services and helps he would need to provide to the less fortunate ones from his possessions. God blesses us that we may bless others.

We are not told how God answered Agur, but anyone with this mindset would not see acquisition of property and wealth as do or die affair. Such a person would consider every opportunity to acquire things more carefully and is not likely to go into sin in this process. What is important is to surrender to God's will. If He brings property and possessions our way, we should seek His face on how He wants us to use them.

Remember, we have to honour the Lord with our possessions.

My prayer: Dear Lord, the greatest possession o hunger after is you, for if I have you, I have everything. I give myself to you Jesus.

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