(This reading is based on Proverbs 30 that is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.)
"Give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me." Prov. 30: 8
To not desire riches is a place that I aspire to be; to not be poor however... well, that's easy. How though, do I achieve contentment with "just enough:" being neither rich, nor poor?
A subtle clue could very well exist in water. With a pH reading of 7 (neutral), it falls in the middle of the pH scale. With our bodies being approximately 70% water, water is the universally best drink to sustain and replenish the body. The body however is not 100% water and so will need more than just water to be nourished. Also, based on prevailing health conditions some of us may need more of one type of nourishment than another.
Now, notwithstanding the ideal we are in reality each placed at a level that does not necessarily strike the mid mark - some of us struggle a bit more than others, while others handle much more than they can personally consume. Whatever lot we find ourselves in, it is for us to learn what ministry should evolve from our prevailing situation. The widow must give her two mites, or share her last meal; Joseph of Arimathea must give up his tomb, or the rich must sell what they have and give to the poor. Either way, whatever we have belongs to God, and relative to God's provisions are His requirements of us. The bottom line is that after we give, we must depend on God.
Jesus shared this principle in His Sermon on the Mount as recorded in Matthew 6: 33, 34, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
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