9 “Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
Agur, the writer of the thirtieth chapter of proverbs opens his heart towards the Lord through prayer. Wisely, he asks God not to make him poor nor rich to avoid transgression against God. The human heart is deceitful above all, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9); therefore we are prone to commit sin under different circumstances. Agur understands this, and asks God to be spared of such situations.
When there’s abundance it’s possible to forget God and think that we have earned what we have by our own effort. It is true that some times we earn certain things by hard work and dedication, but our talents and creativity come from God (Exodus 31:3-4).
In addition, the writer asks God not to make him poor, so that he won’t be tempted to steal and break one of the Lord’s commandments. The scriptures are warning us about the danger of justifying sin based upon our circumstances.
These verses are a beautiful example of someone who has discernment and understands the state of his own heart. It also teaches us that sometimes we can’t trust ourselves. We need to pray daily to ask God to keep us from sin as Jesus thought us in the Lord’s prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Mathew 6:13).
- Written by Ray Angulo