7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD ?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
These three verses have intrigued me for a number of reasons. It jumped out at me because of the statement that is so counter cultural to us, â€œgive me neither poverty nor riches.â€ The myth needs to be debunked that wealth is something good Christians should aspire to.
As I read this further, I noticed that there are three things that Agur (the person this passage is credited to) saw as very dangerous to his walk with the Lord: poverty, riches, and a lack of personal integrity. It seems that these three things are seldom put on the same level, but all three have the same destructive potential.
Re-read these verses, and make them your prayer.