Two things I request of You (deprive me not before I die): remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches — feed me with the food allotted to 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)
Two Things For A New Year
The simple things in life often are the clearest to define. Agur, the son of Jakeh, wanted two things in life. He wanted truth to be his banner in all things and he wanted life to be void of covetousness and greed. These two character flaws describe more of a man’s life than most things. Honest and integrity. Simple things to seek – harder to achieve. As an old year passes and a new day begins these are two things we should strive to embed in our lives. The blessings will be immeasurable.
Resolve to be honest to yourself, to your fellow man and to God. Honesty is the character of integrity. There was a time when the simple word of man was all that was needed for security. Trusting the character of a neighbor was established by a handshake. People of character are people who are known by the bond of their word. Being honest with oneself is a purpose driven heart seeking to speak the truth in every part of life. This begins by having an honest heart. A pure heart speaks truth. Removing falsehood and lies far from us comes about by harvesting a heart of truthfulness. Speak the truth. Live the truth.
Contentment is hard when the world is filled with so much material wealth. As a blessed nation the curse of covetousness fills the minds of young and old. Name brands, tech toys, the newest gadget – stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. Riches abound as no other time. Children must have the latest and newest. Agur wants neither riches or poverty. He knows the dangers of both. Dearth can cause a heart of envy and wealth can fill a heart with pride. Agur just wants the needs of life and no more. Poverty and riches can take the heart away from the Lord.
Two things to help in the new year when we view life as Agur. His purpose in life was to glorify God. Pray for this coming year to be filled with the presence of the Lord. Remove covetousness and be content with what the year brings. Live for God.
Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire; not in multiplying of wealth, but in subtracting men’s desires. (Thomas Fuller, The Holy State, 1642)