Brian Shaffer's Week 5 Proverbs Journal

Proverbs 30: 7-9

7 “Two things I ask of you, 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.

I was thinking about these verses on the way to work this morning and happened to see the Powerball Billboard. Next prize: $200 million. Wow. Talk about a life changer! That amount of money would be enough to do about anything you or your family could think of doing. At work when the topic comes up we say: I’d like to have that kind of money to prove money wouldn’t change me. I’d still be the same person I am now. Of course I’d be the same person... just that same person would be sitting on a beach somewhere.

We ask God for a lot of things some of them maybe even a little selfish. Please let me make this putt. Please don’t let it rain this weekend. Take away this pain, sickness, or debt. I’ve even heard, “Get me through this writer’s block” on occasion. How often do we ask for ‘just enough’. In my case asking God to let me score par on the golf course might not be ‘just enough.’ Really though, how often do we ask to just be put in the middle of the pack? I like the idea that God will give me enough if I ask. I might need to struggle and I might need to work hard or I might need to humble myself and just accept the generosity of others but God will provide for me.

Another part of this is that I don’t believe God just wants us to ‘just get by.’ I don’t see God wanting just average followers. He isn’t going to give us a windfall everyday we ask for it and he may never give it to us but instead I believe he wants us to build on or multiply what he has given us and in return he will bless us for our good work. Just as it says in Matt 25:14-30 and the Parable of the Bags of Gold. God doesn’t want us to just guard what he has given us and not make something more from it.

I look around my life and I see that God has provided for me. There have been times I wondered how it happened but he has never refused me no matter how much I might have deserved it. I question myself though if I am doing enough with what he has given me. I know there is more that I should be doing but I’m afraid to risk giving up some part of the world I have around me. That’s my challenge, to take what I have been given in this world and push it forward to do more with it.

Prayer

Lord, I truly am thankful for all that you have given me. I know I have acted selfishly and fearfully by not using your gifts to their full advantage for you. I ask that you give me strength and courage to use your gifts to their full extent and remember that the gifts and the glory are all yours.