My friend was talking to me yesterday about a movie he had seen called ‘The Good Earth’ based on a novel written in the 1930’s. The movie takes place in China and depicts a poor family that depended directly on the harvest of their land to live year by year. At one point a hail storm comes and totally destroys their wheat crop thus leaving them no food for the winter. They attempt to obtain a small field of rice but a famine from the north spreads down to them and so they are forced to move to the city to try and survive and find work. Their abject poverty causes them to steal and do things out of desperation. Later on in the story, the wife steals some precious jewels that they are able to sell for a large sum of money. They take the money and become quite propserous. However, the prosperity ends up nearly breaking up their marriage and causing much heartache in their life.
This story reminds me of a great little passage from Proverbs 30. Check out what it says in verses 7-9:
7 “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Truly, this story and these verses remind me to pray the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ Every day people are ruined by poverty and are equally ruined by riches and prosperity. Only our heavenly Father knows what we can truly handle. Their is a blessing in having ‘enough’ (not too little and not too much). Let’s depend on His provision and His timing today and be content in Him!