Today as you read this passage notice in verses 1-6 the writer is establishing his humility before God. He is recognizing that God is so much more than he or any person will ever be. He recognizes that he is insignificant and in desperate need of God and his wisdom. He is taking a posture of appropriate fear before God. Then in verses 7-9 he makes his requests to God. He asks 2 things.
Request number 1: Remove from me falsehood and lying. This implies both that he does not want to become a liar and that he does not want to have people lie to him. It is this idea of pursuing holiness personally and avoiding things and others that will cause one to stumble. This is a desire and a prayer that we as believers should be praying.
Request number 2: “Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me.” This request reflects the wisdom that Proverbs is trying to instill in people. This is the idea that we would not desire excess but that we would desire what is needed for life. This mentality and attitude leads to a generous heart as well. Because in excess that we may gain we are happy to give because God has already provided for our needs.
The rest of this chapter describes sin and the path of sin. Essentially what comes when we decide that we do not want to have a posture of humility before God. When we are prideful we follow our flesh rather than our savior. We choose this every day. What is your choice today?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate