(Pro 30:9 KJV) Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Most of us have seen some version of the Three Wishes. It can involve a mysterious lamp or a leprechaun. Solomon was able to get it down to two. The first one in the previous verse had to do with character. The second has to do with finances. These are two areas of righteous behavior that we are very resistant to.
Truth versus lies is something out culture is redefining. A politician recently said, and I paraphrase, “We are concerned with truth, not facts.” To anyone who genuinely knows the living God that is an incredibly evil statement. We see more and more people claiming to be followers of Jesus who are quite willing to fudge a little bit in order to get what they want. I remember missionary books our denomination put out and talking to people in our local church who were from the area the book spoke about. They said that the story didn’t happen at all like it said in the book. It is called, “Thou shalt not bear false witness”.
And then there is money. It always amazes me how many people have trouble with the concept of the tithe. Yes, I know we are not under the law. People think they can ignore the Biblical standards because we are under grace. When I read the teachings of Jesus and He is dealing with a point of law He would quote the law and then say, “But I say unto you....” Usually what He had to say instead was more demanding than the law. God wants you, not your money but He knows that as long as you look at your monthly income as 90% yours then we have a problem.
So? Make it a matter of prayer: Honesty and financial balance. I know. I am being a hater. Nothing personal. I don’t even know how much you spend eating out.