Proverbs 30: King James Bible
What is Convenient – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirty, Verse 7-9
7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 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.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – What is Convenient
There is a lot going on in the three verses above. After having read these and prayerfully mulling them over, the Lord led me to think on the following question:
What is convenient defined as Biblically?
We use this word in one way these days, that demonstrates the ease of accessibility.
1. suitable or agreeable to the needs or purpose; well-suited with respect to facility or ease in use; favorable, easy, or comfortable for use.
2. at hand; easily accessible: Their house is convenient to all transportation.
3. Obsolete. fitting; suitable.
That’s the definition provided to us by Dictionary.com, but is that how the Word of God most commonly uses this word? The information that we can find via the Strong’s section at BlueLetterBible.com tells us that this word is meant to be received with a whole different point of view.
Having a look at all of the different ways the word convenient is used, we can remove our idea of how we use it today, when reading most scriptures that include this word. In doing this, we get a much better idea of what Agur is saying in the scriptures above.
Having a look at the menu of definitions above, it could be said that Agur was asking to receive what the Lord has prescribed for him. Prescribe is used above six times. Prescribed by whom? My guess is the Lord.
Play around with this idea prayerfully. The deeper understanding of the word “convenient” literally changes the entire context of what he’s asking the Lord. To shift it into a more modern way, a foolish example of the difference between the two sets of definitions would be:
Current definition – Lord, please give me a TV set with a great remote, so I don’t have to keep getting up to change the station.
Biblical definition – Lord, if you’ve willed for me to have a TV set, may it be one that you’ve found me worthy of, and is right in your eyes for me to have.
There’s an enormous difference in mindset, heart attitude toward the Lord, and measures the sense of being realistic about what we ask for.
What two things?
Agur is asking for two things before he dies. I believe we should give a bit of thought about that whole “before I die” part. Have any of us ever asked anything of the Lord with hopes of getting it before we die?
I don’t know about you, but if I ask something of the Lord, I want it now, because I need it now, and God is moving way too slow for my comfort level! I doubt it’s just me who needs to pay attention to this little chunk of scripture that we might commonly rush past.
Perhaps asking certain things in the same manner as Agur is a much better idea. We don’t know squat, God knows everything. What is it that we can teach him, and why do we think our timing is better than his? Faith, trust, patience, and wisdom, wins over hastiness every day, all day.
Before asking for what is convenient for him, Agur asks two things from the Lord.
- To have vanity and lies removed far from him
- He asks for neither poverty of riches, instead asks for what is convenient
In my personal opinion, these two items are an enormous insight into this man’s outlook on life. Wanting lies and vanity removed far from him means that he is a lover of the truth, and wants nothing to do with lies. Nor does he want to do or partake in vain, puffed up, unfruitful things.
He doesn’t want to be rich, yet doesn’t want to fall into poverty. How many of us realize the pitfalls of wealth? I think everyone can agree, poverty is something that none of us want to partake in, nor would wish on anyone else. But would we say the same about being rich?
Very interesting things to think about. There are many woes in the Bible, and more than a few of those woes are directed at the rich. As did Agur, we should take care to walk our walk circumspectly, staying on the path that the Lord has designed for us.
The fear of poverty and the lust for riches are around every corner, seeking to knock us off of the road the Lord set our feet upon, and to begin travelling a different road that will lead away from his will. The scripture says to seek from the Lord that witch he’s sanctioned, prepared, prescribed, made ready, and decreed.
Learn the promises of the Lord, and you’ll find what he’s willing to do, and what he’s not. Find what is convenient from the Lord, rather than what our flesh considers to be convenient.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 12: King James Bible
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Mark 14: King James Bible
10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.
Romans 1: King James Bible
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Ephesians 5: King James Bible
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whore monger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
James 1: King James Bible
11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Thank you for your Word, and for showing us the deeper meaning into all that you’ve prepared for us. Help us to remember and understand that your ways are better than our ways, and you’ve got your will and purpose for each and every one of us. May we all attain those things which are convenient to us according to your decisions, rather than our desires. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you have a different understanding now concerning what is convenient?