If we are to survey people and ask them the question,
“If God gave you the decisive power to choose how you are to live life on earth in terms of material things, too full or too poor, which case will you choose?”,
most likely than not, majority would have answered “too full.”
Why? Who would desire then to be too poor in this world when God Himself has given you power to decide for yourself? We may say that since God is good and He is a Father to us (Matthew 7:9-11), He will willingly give everything that we need and want. I personally would have chosen to be always full, too. Man is innately greedy, anyway.
However, there will also be some who would probably choose to be too poor, as Jesus has said that “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs (Matthew 5:3).” We can even add up the argument that this is our way of “taking up our cross” and “denying ourselves” as a symbol of “following Jesus” (Matthew 16:24). Talk about man’s standard of holiness.
However, we cannot just take a piece of Scripture and put it into the context that we personally want.
Proverbs 30:8-9 Put far from me all false and foolish things: do not give me great wealth or let me be in need, but give me only enough food: For fear that if I am full, I may be false to you and say, Who is the Lord? or if I am poor, I may become a thief, using the name of my God wrongly.
Agur, the author of this piece in Proverbs, has presented us two (2) extremes when it comes to having material things here on earth, being too full and being poor. And he has stated it point-blank that he desires only enough.
What is wrong with being too full?
What is the natural tendency of man when it comes to receiving the answers to their prayers? Some even ask God for more. Mostly, some may stop for a moment to thank God for the blessings.
But the worst thing that could happen is to just stop from there.
We just seek and pray to God when we are in need but when He has already answered us, we just strangely forget Him immediately.
How much more when a man is so full of everything that he stops seeking the One who is the source of not just many things, but of everything? Will man ever look up to the sky and pray to God if he has literally everything in this world?
See, this is an empty and shallow pursuit in life: to gain everything the world has to offer but gaining nothing because we don’t know God Himself.
What is wrong then with being too poor?
Looking at the situation of most of the world’s economies now and since then, a picture of extreme poverty has blanketed many men. And this poverty has so stricken many that several, if not all, have direly resorted to even stealing.
We may try to excuse this by saying that those people are just products, more so victims, of their fate. “I am born poor. Should I stay this way?” There are some, however, who are not so below the so-called poverty line but were so caught up in their desires to have more. These desires and their decision upon them make them do things that were clearly spoken against of by God. In Exodus 20:15, God instructed His people not to steal. But sliding one verse and commandment down, we can see God instructing Moses and Israel not to covet or desire for their neighbors’ ownership.
If we will think deeper, the root cause why being too full and too poor becomes wrong when acted upon not based on God’s word is greed. If we are too full, we may be tempted to seek more with a heart of discontentment. If we are too poor, we may be tempted to take our poverty into our own hands and unbelieving heart by doing things that God clearly violates.
So what is enough?
Enough is the thin line between being too full and being too poor. Enough is the distinguishing line between a greedy heart and an unbelieving heart. Enough is the determining mark between a man looking down on others and a man looking down on himself.
Enough is the silent whisper to God that says, “Thank You Lord. I am grateful for what You gave me.”
Enough is the product of prayers to the One and Ultimate Source of all things.
Enough is God’s blessing.
Matthew 6:33-34 But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition. Then have no care for tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Take the trouble of the day as it comes.
Lord, thank You for all that You have given us. Help us to understand the meaning of having enough. You owe us nothing but supply us in any way of whatever You see we need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
May God grant the godly desires of your heart ❤