Proverbs for Wednesdays – Living a Balanced Life

(Written by Ray Smith)

A few months back I restored an antique balance scale. It’s solid brass and originally would have been used for weighing goods on a shop counter. The two brass plates that hang on the beam are exactly the same in dimensions and weight. However, for some unknown reason, over a few days, the right plate drops lower than the left and becomes unbalanced.

I can easily reset the balance in my scales. But, how do I maintain balance in my life? In particular, how do I maintain balance in my finances, resources and my daily needs? This is especially necessary as we face an unknown economic future.

The proverbs in Proverbs chapter 30 were written by a man named Agur. All we know about him is that he was the son of Jakeh. And all we know about Jakeh is???

One of Agur’s proverbs is a prayer about living a balanced life.

Two things I ask you O Lord…………………..
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 dishonour the name of my God “.  Proverbs 30:7-9

Agur prayed that he could live his life balancing evenly poverty and wealth. Both poverty and wealth are positions in which our relationship with God can suffer: either by disowning or by dishonouring. It was most likely this proverb Jesus had in mind when He taught us to pray, Give us this day our daily bread. – Matthew 6:11

This proverb is a challenge to live at the balance point, where we simply pray and thank our Father for the provision of our daily necessities. The balance between poverty and riches and to live in contentment at that point.


# Our Father who are in heaven, give us today our daily bread. Help us to be satisfied in what you have provided for us.

# Give us wisdom to keep all of our life in balance.

# Bless those around us who are struggling to have enough for their daily needs and use us to provide for them.

# May we see people turning to you as they consider their future. Enable us to give them a future and a hope.

# Bless the streaming of our services. Cause people who are not part of our regular congregation to tune in.


SONG: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God/Canon in D by SatoKlan