Proverbs 30:7-9: Two Things I Ask
Two things I ask of you: deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying: 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 profane the name of my God (Proverbs 30:7-9, ESV).
There are two things that Agur asks for in this passage. The first request is to have falsehood and lying removed from him. This is an honorable thing he asks, considering God can’t lie (Titus 1:2 ESV) and “…all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur…” (Revelation 21:8). So it is safe to say that God is pleased with this request.
Proverbs 30:7-9 is such a good reminder for a Christian. This passage shows us how to conduct ourselves in circumstances that are less than desirable. Through communication with God, the follower of Christ learns to be a person that is content with whatever circumstance he or she is in. Contentment is something many American Christians often struggle with today. Contentment might be hard to find and even seem elusive when the focus is on the task directly in front you, rather than on Christ Himself. Here, Agur prays to receive basic things that will help him to remember the name of the LORD in the good times and bad, and be thankful for what he has, trusting in the mighty arm of an everlasting God.
Seeing Christians actively practicing and pursuing this lifestyle is so encouraging to others who are striving to live a godly life, and one’s focus can be a key factor to this equation. As American Christians, we often end up with more than we need, and the desire to be holy and righteous is lost causing the focus of the Christian life to become clouded and murky. Losing focus gives the enemy a foothold in the life of a Christian, causing us to forget the God who gave mankind all these things to begin with, which brings great risk of losing the blessing of having a quality relationship with Him. At this point God is forced to shake the believer to his very core and bring him back to a place that he can clearly hear God again.
Therefore, taking time to redirect our focus through prayer, bible study, and walking with seasoned fellow believers can be exactly what we need. Only when the Christian has submitted to God can he or she be truly led by the LORD to recognize God’s voice. Follow His leading and be truly thankful to our LORD; ask for his help as Agur did in the Psalms.