Give me neither poverty nor riches
but give me only my daily 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. Prov. 30:8-9
Just before the time of the Passion, Christ visited the home of a man named Simon. A woman approached him and began to wash his feet with her tears.
——————> Lord, have we wept like that for you?
And then she pulls out this alabaster jar of perfume worth an entire year’s wages…and breaks it. As if to crush her own doubts and fears from the watchful eyes….and then she pours this oil, running down over the head of Christ. Oh, God – what a privilege. To love on Christ. To care for Him physically.
When once we realize WHO He is, our response will not make sense to the world.
So the men, the followers (yeah, you and me) – they rebuked her. And I’ve reviewed commentaries that give weight to the fact that they wanted to give the money from the perfume to the poor….but I’m not too sure. Oh, that’s what they said. We all use big words.
But the fact that they were even worried about the waste – that got my attention. Because I’ve been there. When I’m budgeting for the family, but just one more visitor to the church needs cash. When I feel like our giving has stretched thin, and we reach down deeper, but I grumble inside later. When we choose to give like our bucket will never empty and I think it really will. Or when our spending on actual needs goes over the line…and I realize I have to trust Him.
The reason money came up so often in the Gospels is the same reason it still challenges our faith: We love it too much.
How can we know if we love money?
“Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” Ecc. 5:10
It’s just never enough. No matter how much you save, you still worry. No matter how much the raise, you still complain. You always want more.
We see great wisdom in this proverb. In a world that screams, “You need more,” we are encouraged to ask for something quite different. We can still ask Him to bless us, and He wants to. But wisdom knows to guard the heart above all else.
“Give me neither poverty nor riches.”
Can we find the victory – living RIGHT where we are now – in our circumstances – by knowing our Provider?
The more our hearts merge with the heart of the Father..(a daily dying, seeking, abiding place) – the less we even really bring up the subject of money. I’ve found this in my own life, but see it even more in the life of the faithful.
George Mueller sets the bar high here…and I’m reaching for his faith. Even asking for it. (Most days I would settle for the faith of my husband – his faith like a rock)
But Mueller – he knew of daily abiding. Of asking until he received. He knew of a soaking prayer. And in his trust – daily leaning into- the Father – he had his needs met. HUGE needs.
He kept records. Meticulous records. In one account of the orphanage he ran, he wrote:
“Without any one having been personally applied to for anything by me, the sum of 55,408 pounds was given to me for the orphans, as the result of prayer to God, from the commencement of the work up to May 26, 1853.”
Trusting in God alone, He waited for the supply. And it came. Story after story of divine provision raining down. Notice, he did not ask others for the supply. He asked God. He lived within the prayer of Christ: Give me my daily bread.
It’s where I’ve been living.
Funny thing about that – there is always enough for today.
“The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Tim 6:10
Loving, worrying, chasing, controlling…the wrong things – it is a grievous life.
He provides all we need. Our wants…well, He wants to show us what is best.
Let us rest in our good God, detach from the shiny things of the world which actually dull our souls….and find the JOY He promises in the daily provision.
“I want no other thing, Lord, but you.”