FRIDAY, August 11
Today we read a few Proverbs written by someone other than Solomon. These Proverbs still hold the same weight as the others and even the author ironically states that his own wisdom does not come from his own merit, rather, it comes from understanding God. What strikes me today is a very interesting prayer contained in verses 7-9. The author writes “give me neither poverty nor riches.” In one of my small groups we talked about a book called “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger.” One of the things that this book illustrated was how so many Christians live well beyond their needs. He encourages his readers to set a budget based on need rather than income… when income increases, that extra money can be donated rather than just adding ‘wants’ into the budget. This was an interesting practice and one that, I believe, fits well into this prayer prayed in Proverbs 30. We don’t want to be so self-sufficient that we don’t need God, but we also don’t want to be without so we become desperate and do things we shouldn’t there either. No matter where you are at today, at the heart of this is a deep trust in the sufficiency of God and the need to depend on Him no matter what.
- Pray for our Executive Pastor, Terry Okken and for his family and his ministry.
- Pray for Craig and Maureen Moody, NAB missionaries we support.
- Pray for our Children’s Ministry Assistant, Kyla Mould.
- Pray for Sheryl Grunwald as she serves with Kidzana Children’s Ministry.