Some of our wants and needs are legitimate like food, clothing, and shelter. Some of our wants are things we think we need but don't. How do you sort out the real need and the wants?
"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 30:8-9.
This scripture is a prayer, and it is instructive that it asks God to help with falsehood and lies. There are the falsehoods and lies that you may commit but you must be aware that you are the victim of falsehoods and lies.
Our world is full of falsehoods and lies. The wise man does not want to speak falsely, but he does not want to hear the false either and be deceived. The media tells you that you need something, but is it true? Your own heart may tell you that you need something but that does not make it true.
GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES
Your foundation must be the truth that what you have comes from God. If it is poverty or wealth both come from God. To acknowledge this is the first step to understanding the difference between needs and wants.
BUT ONLY MY DAILY BREAD
This prayer asks God to give what is needed and only for the immediate, not a storehouse. This becomes a daily or constant dependence on God.
There is nothing wrong with possessions; the danger is the "TOO MUCH" when we have an unhealthy amount of possessions.
Too much leads to the possibility of disowning the Lord. If it makes you forget your dependence on God then you have too much.
To disown is to turn away and neglect your relationship with God, it is to reject God.
The danger of being too poor is the possibly of relying on your own resources to provide; you may be tempted to break the law, to steal, or do something dishonest to meet your physical needs. This is a sin, but the greater danger of it is that it brings slander to the name of the Lord and his reputation.
This verse is an example which Jesus reinforced by his words in the Lord's Prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11). Pray daily for your needs and wants, and be honest with God- there is no safer course.
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