Stephanie emailed me this morning with the following. It honestly made me quite uncomfortable. She said I could share it. Please feel free to contribute your thoughts:
Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
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.
– Proverbs 30:7-9 (emphasis added)
do you think we have it all wrong? Do you think that our retirement funds and savings accounts that make us feel secure keep up from trusting and depending on God with our whole hearts? “Give me only my daily bread”…If we have only what we need for today, then we are forced to Trust that God will provide for tomorrow…
And are we really living lives of love when we stand by and watch others suffer? When we have more than we need and others are starving? Are we loving them? Or should their burdens become our burdens as well? I’ve heard a million sermons about giving everything we have to God, but I’ve never once seen anyone do it. Should we be giving everything we have to people who desperately need it in an act of love, so that we can know what it’s like to depend entirely on the Lord? If people saw us living this way, wouldn’t it radically change people’s view of Christianity?