O God, I beg two favors from you;
let me have them before I die.
First, help me never to tell a lie.
Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
Proverbs 30:7-8 (NLT)
A lot of people spend a lot of time trying not to live in poverty. And there are probably quite a few people spending a lot of time trying to live in riches. What’s wrong with riches you ask? Nothing. The Bible talks about quite a few people who were downright loaded. The problem comes when our riches or our poverty become the object of our attention. We say we can be rich or poor and keep God first but God knows us so very well. Often either of these things keeps us so distracted, our time and energy are put into them and not our relationship with God, our family or our friends. Really, the writer isn’t saying there is something wrong with being rich or poor. He’s saying it’s dangerous to focus so much on either that you forget your relationship with God. Is there something distracting your focus today?