Proverbs 30:8-9 (NLT) says: “First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. ”
Why would someone ask to have God limit their wealth?
The verse goes on to say why? Because if they grow too rich, they may deny the Lord. In other words, their attitude would be proud, as they think to themselves, “who needs God? I’m doing well enough on my own”. That attitude can be tragic.
I just wonder if that same kind of reasoning could apply to other areas of life, such as work, health, even family where we are not content having enough, but we move towards excess. We can so over-prioritize a certain area of our life that we can reap positive results from it, but realize later that we have been neglecting other areas of our life. Also, we can realize that we might be guilty, like so many before us, that in our “successes”, in whatever area of life it is, our hearts have become proud.
So, it just makes me wonder, if focusing so much on one specific area of life (“rich”, if you will) can lead to “success”, but also pride (leading to other consequences), maybe good is just good enough!