Before writing this post, I did some research about other commentaries and devotionals from Proverbs 30. Many writers have speculated about the author of this passage, whether Agur is a pseudonym for a known author or what wisdom this author may possess. Most of the devotionals focus on verses 5-6: “Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.” These verses tell us that we can confidently put our faith in the Lord and warn against tampering with His Word, the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Numbers 23:19, Deuteronomy 12:32, and Revelation 22: 18-19 all reinforce these 2 verses in Proverbs 30.
When I read this chapter, however, I did not latch onto those 2 verses like most of the commentaries and devotionals I read. I was drawn to verse 8. “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” As a whole, our society is never satisfied. We are always seeking something more. I remember talking about marriage in a psychology class, and the professor was explaining how studies have shown that one reason marriages tend to fail more often now than they used to is often because one of the spouses is seeking something more, whether that be a more attractive partner or a partner who makes more money or whatever qualifications are deemed important, rather than being content and wholly loving the current husband/wife. We are never satisfied, always looking for the next-best thing. Verse 8 asks the Lord for neither poverty nor riches, only what is needed for the day. The writer isn’t seeking more. He’s seeking to be satisfied in the Lord. We’ve all read that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God (Mark 10:25), and verse 9 reinforces that someone who is “full” is quick to deny the Lord.
Though society tells us that we always need the newest and next-best thing, the newest iPhone, the bigger tv, the prettier woman or more handsome man—the Bible teaches us to be content with what we are given. Our daily bread is enough.