The Bible often warns of the dangers that can come with when we have more than enough of what we need in life but the greatest danger of all is in forgetting the God who blessed us with “more than enough” in the first place.
I came across Proverbs 30 and noted an interesting prayer in verses 7 to 9:
Two things have I asked of You [O Lord]; deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lies; 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 so profane the name of my God.
It really got me thinking of how we can ask God for MORE: more wealth, more possessions, more connections, more provision, more of whatever we think we need. The Bible doesn’t discourage us from asking for more but it always highlights the ways in which MORE can interfere with our relationship with God.
I have found personally that the times I err on the side of forgetting God is when things are working well and I have more than enough of all I really need. On the flip side, I catch myself tightly gripping on to the hem of Jesus’ garment when I feel like I’m seriously lacking in, usually, material provisions.
The verses above really highlight, for me, that perhaps the middle ground of “just enough” is what we should practice being content with. And we all know that God’s enough is actually a lot more than the human mind’s perception of what is truly enough because He always spersedes expectations. #
In the same vein, other reflections I had on this verse were:
- Having more than enough can cause us to ask “Who really needs God when I got all of THIS?” all the while forgetting that not only is He the one that gives us the power to create wealth but also He owns all we have and as such we are merely stewards of all He bestows on us.
- The Rich Fool in Luke chapter 12 verses 13 to 21 was termed a fool because his wealth made him greedy. As his land yielded more crop, he thought the best approach was to build bigger barns to store everything for himself as opposed to maybe giving it out. And Jesus described him as one who was not rich in relation to God. What does it really profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul? (Mark chapter 8 verse 36)
- Some Christians actually think that there IS more honour to God in their poverty and that’s not a kingdom mentality, to be honest. Poverty does not birth humility in anyway shape or form neither does it speak well of our affiliation to our God who owns cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50 verse 10) or he who has riches in abundance! If we are poor, how do we help ourselves let alone helping others? if you have this mindset, please rethink it! No one is “called” to poverty!
- Experiencing a lack of any provision in our life is definitely an alleyway that can open up into sin for us so we must remain alert. If we are poor, the temptation to steal can arise and lead to discrediting God’s name by us as His representatives. But another poverty that comes to mind is spiritual poverty which doesn’t allow some of us enjoy what God has actually blessed us with so much so that we still roam our eyes around in the things of the world in order to obtain more OR another kind of poverty where we may not be greedy for more but we’re so tight-fisted that we indirectly steal from those we have the power to help, by not being generous. Either circumstance profanes the name of God.
So I guess, I just wanted to challenge you to think of: why you ask God for more (for your benefit only or for use to His glory?); how you currently use what He has blessed you with (selfishly or in service to mankind?) and; how you measure “more” (materially, spiritually or both?).
Would love to hear your thoughts!