THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2015
THE CHRISTIAN IDEAL
Today’s reading: Proverbs 30:5-9
Agur, the son of Jakeh, the Massaite, asks God: “give
me neither poverty nor riches” (v.8b). The world today
desires riches and disdains poverty. The poor want to be rich,
thinking that is the solution to their problems in life. But
oftentimes riches bring its own woes. One thing it does is
to make humankind dependent upon itself and no longer on God.
Their situation leads them to this point in relation to God:
“being full, I deny you, saying, ‘Who is the Lord?’”
(v.9a). You can see how the prosperous western world, especially
the once-vibrant Christian nations, has turned away from God,
who has become irrelevant in their lives.
the other hand, the poor, with no one to turn to, usually
at the end of their wits in desperation, are more prone to
turn to God. After all, for many people, when they see no
light at the end of the tunnel, that is when they remember
God and turn to Him. But poverty is not God’s will.
God created an abundant world and desires prosperity for His
covenanted people. Poverty also forces many into a life of
crime due to desperation. Their situation can lead them to
this point in relation to God: “being in want, I steal,
and profane the name of my God.” (v. 9b).
neither poverty nor riches (with independence from God) is
God’s will. What then? It is sufficiency. It is for
God to “provide me only with the food I need”
(v.8c). It is being provided what we need in life, not just
food of course, but also shelter, clothing and the other basic
necessities of life. In other words, what is the Christian
ideal? It is that no one is in need.
course, if God knows we can already handle it, then He will
also give us more, including wealth. After all, He is a loving
Father who wants the best for His children, and has actually
provided a bountiful world for them. But that is up to God.
What is up to us is our own posture. We must desire neither
poverty nor riches, but only a life that is pleasing to God.
It is a life focused on Him and serving Him, and not on worldly
goods. It is a life of sharing and caring.