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. (Prov. 30:7-9)
Two things motivate Agur—positively, the glory of God and negatively, the deceit of his heart. First, he is concerned for the glory of God in his life. He does not want riches or poverty to rob God of His glory in his life. He seeks only the supremacy and lordship of God in his life.
Second, he is concerned with the deceitfulness of his heart. He knows that when he gets rich, he may forget God. He knows that when he becomes poor, he may profane God. He knows that the heart is deceitful above all things.
Nobody can fathom the sinful human heart. If you have money, you might deny the Lord. If you have no money, you might steal and bring dishonor to the Lord.
Thus, Agur was wise to ask neither prosperity nor poverty. Rather, he asks only enough to meet his needs. The reason is that he seeks the glory of God in his life. Seeking God’s glory, he will not ask for prosperity, lest he will deny God. He will not ask for poverty, lest he will dishonor God. Seeing that his heart is deceitful, he asks neither poverty nor riches.
That is how we should ask God concerning money. Ask not riches, lest you will deny God. Ask not poverty, lest you will profane God.
But ask how you can glorify God. Ask how you can be faithful to God. Ask how you can overcome the deceit of your heart. Ask not for more or less, but only your daily bread. Rest content in whatever God shall give you.
Seek the glory of God in your life. Then you will live a blessed life!