Friday, December 14, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Prosperity And Adversity
Proverbs 30:1-9 
Give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me.(Proverbs 30:8)
Prosperity and adversity are equal-opportunity destroyers. The extremes of life can be hazardous because a person with too much may encounter as much difficulty as one with too little.
Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30, must have sensed this danger when he prayed: “Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to 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 30:8-9).
A similar request occurs in a beautiful choral anthem composed by Benjamin Harlan:
Write Your blessed name,
O Lord, upon my heart,
There to remain so indelibly engraved
That no prosperity, nor adversity
Shall remove me from Your love.
In Proverbs 30 the focus is on circumstances, while the song centers on the state of our heart. Perhaps we should pray that God would guard us in both areas of our lives. 
When we invite the Lord to place His mark of ownership on our lives, we acknowledge His wise and loving provision for all our needs
Dear Lord, give me contentment with what you have provided for me. Amen.
Contentment is realizing that God has already given me all I need.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church