2 Surely I am more stupid than any man,
And do not have the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom
Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has bound the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name, and what is His Son’s name,
If you know?
5 Every word of God is pure;
He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
6 Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I request of You
(Deprive me not before I die):
8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me;
Give me neither poverty nor riches—
Feed me with the food allotted to me;
9 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.
Hello Al. What a beautiful proverb. This really brings my petty little concerns into perspective. Notheless, I have and do request that He deprives me not. How do I feel deprived?
For most of my life, I’ve always wanted His very best in Christ Jesus. This doesn’t mean of course I do not fail or live in some professed state of perfection. It does mean that my heart is to know of the full measure of His hearts desires and live in the practical application of those desires. So often that seems far from me. I so often think I know, when God is likely calling out on “what I think I know.” If only I could see as He sees.
I appreciate how the author of the proberb asks questions and how those questions always point us to the only One who has those answers. I practice that myself when I present the truth of the gospel to others in need. It’s a constant reminder of who the author of salvation really is.
In the end, it’s all summed up through God’s own words. As little as we are, God in His mercy still allows us the time it takes for us to really trust Him regardless. I seem to trust Him explicitly in some areas and so little in others. Does that even make sense?
Eventually, once the falsehood and lies are removed, or better, I allow them to be removed, then God can trust me with what I long to accomplish for His name’s sake. I’ll rather die now than fail in the way and word of my Master.
Amen brother, makes perfect sense. It’s the constant struggle with the flesh that we all go through. It’s true we are not fully surrendered in every area. The more I look at myself compared to Him the more I realize I am nothing without Him. In other words, I am completely and totally inadequate to do anything on my own for Him. Dirty rags. Just another reminder it’s not about me after all. God Bless you Michael. I’m glad to have your fellowship. Sorry I haven’t written back to you, I’ll try to do that soon.