On Riches

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August 3, 2013 by lellielieb

    “…give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for 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 30:8b-9

These verses were part of the reading for yesterday and that seems rather appropriate.  This is a tax-free weekend in North Carolina; from 12:01am Friday until 11:59pm on Sunday night, clothing, school supplies, electronics, etc. can be purchased without paying the state and local taxes.  The idea is to give parents a break as they prepare their families to face the school year.

Since our son is returning to college in a few weeks and both of us are going to be teaching, we hit the road early yesterday to take advantage of the savings.  As we drove along, our son noticed a billboard advertisement for the state lottery.  It proclaimed the current grand prize amount which is rather sizable.  We don’t play the lottery, but we had a distance to drive and we began to discuss what we would do with such a lot of money.  It was an interesting discussion that took us in lots of different directions.  Would we continue to work?  What is work?  What is retirement?  What is an endowment?  It was not the usual “If-you-had-a-million-dollars-to-spend” conversation.

Maybe this is because we have just come through a rough patch.  My husband was out of work for nine months and then under-employed for more than a year.  We’ve been living on the edge.  We’ve stayed warm and fed.  God has taken care of us, but it has NOT been easy, and now we have a good bit of catching up to do.  As a result, we’ve spent a good bit of time thinking about money–way more than we would like.

As a result, I see the extreme wisdom of the verses I posted above.  It is best to be neither poor nor rich.  Too much money can lead away from God and into sin.  Too little can lead to sin as well–everything from worry to theft–even murder.  I guess, overall, I’d rather be on the lean side of the middle–dependent on God, and not tempted to spend frivolously or to use money as a means to get my way.

Money is an uncomfortable subject, but the scripture mentions it a lot, so I should probably pay more attention than I do.  I’m thankful for God’s provision.  I’m thankful for His care.  I’m thankful for the experiences of the last two years, but I’m also glad for a little change.  God is good all the time.  All the time God is good.

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