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In the God Zone

June 30, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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In the God Zone
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In the God Zone
Jun 30, 2020
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on Proverbs 30:7-9. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 30:7-9. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Tuesday, June 30, 2020

For this next to last devotional on Proverbs, we turn in chapter 30 from the sayings of Solomon, to the sayings of a man named Agur son of Jakeh. It is still inspired wisdom, and included in the Bible, but comes from an author with difference life experience.

Agur is praying to God and he realizes his weakness. Rather than praying that God will prosper him, he puts a limit on what he is asking God to give him.

Proverbs 30:7-9 says:

7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.

It is a simple prayer of a simple man. A recognition that if I have too much, I may be tempted to think I don't need God, and I have it all put together. Or, if I am poor I may be tempted to take things into my own hands and steal from others. Either way I'm outside of God's path.

It's sort of like the part in the Lord's prayer where it says, "Lead me not into temptation." God, keep me in this zone where I am connected with you.

And isn't that where we all want to be? Life is not that good without God. It becomes kind of meaningless.

Are you ready to pray this prayer with Agur?

 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
    do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
    give me neither poverty nor riches,
    but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
    and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
    and so dishonor the name of my God.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow