Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for 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 30:7-9
What an incredible prayer. It’s a prayer asking God to make you honest and content in life. Do you realize that you can destroy your life by being dishonest? You can destroy your family by your dishonesty? We have seen individuals who are not able to be honest about their struggles, and eventually sin destroys them. The biggest hindrance to people coming to church and faith is not theological issues, but the fact that they have been burned by hypocrites in the church. People that claim to believe one thing, but then lives their lives completely antithetical to what they profess. Let’s be honest. We are all hypocrites, myself included.
How does one become honest? There is only one solution. It’s the Gospel. Only when you apply the Gospel to your life can you actually begin to change in this. If you truly believe that Jesus took all of your punishment and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ, then only can you live an honest life. When you grasp that Jesus took it all, forgave you, and the only thing that matters now is what He thinks of you. It doesn’t matter what other people think, because Jesus has approved you. You can then be honest. You can then be transparent. You can then be open to sharing your struggles and get help. Jesus loves you. He died for you. He received you. You don’t have to hide your sin. You don’t have to impress people. You don’t have to put on a show. You can be yourself and trust that Jesus will use others to change you.
The same is true for contentment. Most of us never live our lives satisfied. We are never content with what God has given us. We want the latest gadgets and technology before it is released to the public. We want more than what we have now. We will wait in line for days, pre-order at ridiculous prices, and drown ourselves in debt doing so – all because we are not content with what God has given us.
Again, the only solution for being discontent is the Gospel. Only when you fully grasp that Jesus died for you and brought you into His family, that you are now a son or daughter of God, will you ever be content. You get all the benefits of being a child of God now. Your heavenly Father is looking out for you and providing for you. Only then can you be content in whatever circumstance you are in, knowing that God is for you and not against you.
Most of us live our lives thinking that we have to earn something from God. We might not profess that, but that is how we live our lives. God has to bless me because I go to church, pay my tithes, read the Bible, pray, __________ (fill in the blanks). We think that if we fail Him in life or sin, God will punish or withhold his blessings from us. We live our lives thinking that God is sitting in heaven waiting for us to fail, so that he can stop blessing us. Everything we do is not done out of genuine love for Jesus, but it’s because we fear failing Him.
However, have you ever wrestled with the verse that God is for you and not against you? The creator of the universe is for you. He is in love with you, supports you, provides for you, protects you, goes out of his way to make you a part of his family. What more do you need in life? You can be content in your circumstances. If you need it, God will provide for it. If you don’t need it, you can be content knowing that God knows what is best for your life. Whatever He gives you is for your good. Whatever He doesn’t give you is also for your good.
Only when you begin to apply the Gospel to your life can you be honest and content no matter what you are going through in life.