The Lord laid two verses on me this morning…timely and true.
Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but
…Give me Only myDaily Bread
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.
For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so
…stiring up anger produces strife
In my daily reading, I am walking through Matthew, but the Lord brought me here to Proverbs today. I could not get away from these two verses this morning. Angry, irritable and frustrated over a situation this morning—there is potential to cause strife for me, my kids and others today. What is “strife” anyways? It is defined as “bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict; opposition, contrast”. I don’t know about you, but conflict and bitterness is something I really could do without. I needed that this morning.
The first verse serves not only as a reminder that I do not need any more than God gives me, but also that surplus can be just as bad as poverty. If I have everything I need and then some…then I may not seek the Lord in all things. If I am desperate and in need, It would cause me to seek the Lord, but may lure me to take matters into my own hands and dishonor Him in the process. I need to rely on HIM and not myself. He sustains me and gives me what I need…nothing more, nothing less.
So this morning, instead of bitter butter on my bread…I ask for sweet, fresh fruit instead. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.