Three thousand years ago the gods of materialism and consumerism raged as wildly as they do today, reaping real and tangible havoc in people’s lives. A little-known contributor to the book of Proverbs named Agur understood this threat to his own life and sought remedy at the throne of the Almighty.

Agur voices a prayer containing sixty-five words that fly in the face of our consumer-driven, American lifestyle. Understanding the danger of living an extreme life, he makes a divine request not often heard today: “Give me neither poverty nor riches” (Proverbs 30:7-9). 

Agur drew a financial line in the sand and said, “Enough is enough!” His prayer rings with rare contentment and a desire for a middle class life. Are you a content worshipper?

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