Poverty Nor Riches

If you live in America, you live in a country of excess. Not only is every American rich in comparison to most of the world, but it is in our nature to continue to want more and more. Proverbs 30 verses 8 and 9 shows us what the heart of a believer should be toward our finances. It says: 

"Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 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."

The less fleshly barriers and distractions we have in our life, the more we can be used by God, and the easier we can align ourselves to his will. This proverb teaches us that both riches and poverty can be a stumbling block. If we have too much we may begin to think we don’t need God, and if we have too little we may become desperate and do something that dishonors God. So I encourage you, if you are blessed financially, use some of your finances to help those who are struggling. In doing so, you will prove that money doesn’t control you, you’ll be helping others who are desperate, and you will be storing up treasures in heaven.


The verses from Proverbs 30 should be every believer’s prayer; for God to give us neither riches or poverty, but only our daily bread. It goes against our fleshly desires to ask for only what we need and nothing more, but it makes it easier for us to stay in step with our God because we won’t feel overly secure in our wealth or desperate in our poverty.