Agur is not an Israelite king; he is not Jewish. And yet the book of Proverbs includes the wisdom God gave him in this book – why? Because, like Lemuel (ch.31), he has wisdom to pass on (and both teach about God), and also because all wisdom and all truth is God’s truth, even if it does not come from our country or culture. All teaching must go through the lens of God’s Word, which is the only perfect rule for life and faith. We don’t need to gain “more” from other teachings, but we can respect that there are a lot of good things that a lot of wise people have taught. Chapters 30-31 of Proverbs remind us of that.
The verse that really hit me was his prayer to not be given too much (as a king!) – but just enough – neither poor to be tempted to steal, nor too rich to forget God. God is our shield and truth (v.5) – and life is all about serving Him, not getting what I want and living in laziness, which I sometimes just want to do. There is a greed that lives in me – to have so much more than I could ever use. God is working on me to give more away, to have less, to want less, and to save more – with Him as much joy and source of contentment, with family and friends and church as my space to fill time and life, with silence and contemplation to be my recharge during my need for solitude. Lord, continue to grow me closer to You.