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Having 'just enough'



'Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.' Proverbs 30:8 NLT

Ever bought something, enjoyed it for a while, and then wanted something better? We may think we'll be happier when we get the latest phone, car, home, etc, but possessions don't bring lasting happiness. Neither does money. Money can help us live a good life, but having too much of it can cause problems, just like having too little can.

In Proverbs 30:7-9, we find this prayer: 'O God, I beg two favours from you; let me have them before I die. 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"' (NLT). It's interesting that the writer says 'enough to satisfy my needs' - not enough to satisfy his wants, desires, or dreams - just his needs.

Honestly, how much more stuff do we really need? Could we happily live off what we already have? True satisfaction comes from God. The Bible says that it's God who 'satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things' (Psalm 107:9 NIV). He knows our needs and will meet them (see Matthew 6:25-34). He can provide 'enough to satisfy' our needs.

So what now? Buy a bar of chocolate and eat one piece. Take time to appreciate that piece and be satisfied with it. Keep the rest of the bar for another day. Watch how it's 'just enough' chocolate for that day.

Soulfood: Luke 6:27-36, Exo 23:1-9, Rom 12:14-21

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