“Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.” (30:8-9)
While this verse, at once, affirms a couple natural inclinations when it comes to wealth and poverty, it pleads for a middle.
There is a major theme throughout scripture of having enough. From the Israelites collecting only a day’s-worth of manna in the desert, to Jesus teaching us how to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, these are constant encouragement toward trust. A welcome companion of trust would be contentment. It is the opposite of fear, which tempts us to hoard.
There are temptations surrounding each level of income, but certainly some have more than others. This brings us back to what is most important: the glory of God in our lives. If we forget Him in our wealth, He is not glorified. If poverty leads us to some shady business, that dishonors Him as well.
How in the LORD glorified in your finances? What does your budget say about Him? How are you stewarding what you have, and are you presenting your dilemmas to the LORD? Sometimes it can be strange to ask the LORD for money, but He does have a track record of providing. Pair this with a budget that honors Him through generosity and responsibility. How are you praying when it comes to provision?
What is your portion? Thank Him for that.