The Wisdom of Agur-Living a godly life-Part 2
Created by Jon Taylor - Sunday 19 Aug 2018
Jon Taylor
The Wisdom of Agur-Living a godly life-Part 2

The wisdom of Agur helps us to live a godly life in terms of how we relate to God and others around us…
Knowing God’s Word
Every word of God proves true. Why do we read the Bible and Proverbs rather than Aesop Fables daily? Not the latter isn’t interesting or of no use. God’s Word is true and life changing, is entirely reliable and authoritative, provides instruction and insight, helps us to live godly lives, we are commanded to do so, and it is for our good. The book of the Lord draws us ever closer to the Lord of the book and we can know Him. He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Agur warns us not to add to God’s Word and we are also reminded not to add or take away from God’s Word in Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32, Matthew 5:17:18 and Revelation 22:18. The Jehovah’s Witness would dare to alter ‘Spirit’ to ‘force’ and thereby argue that the Son isn’t equal to the Father in Genesis 1:2. They would change John 1:1 to make Jesus not equal to the Father and insert other in brackets three times in Colossians 1 to make the Son of lesser greatness than His Father. The Mormons added their extra books and even cross-reference between them and Scripture, yet they fail to heed the warnings contained in God’s Word. The liberals would choose which parts of God’s Word they think should be included advocating their own foolhardiness of the created being trying to correct the Creator. There are others who would elevate tradition on a par or even above God’s Word, just like the Pharisees even today.
We must be careful of those who say ‘God told me’ when using that for their own ends and cunning, although it is often used unhelpfully but inadvertently. Someone once told Spurgeon that God had told him that he must preach from his pulpit, so Spurgeon wisely responded that when God tells me, I’ll let you know!
Removing falsehood and lies

When Agur prayed that God would remove falsehood and lies, he was speaking of strong measures. But do we ever tell the truth in part or are we economical with the truth? Do we embellish the truth? Are we attempting to remove falsehood and lies? Are we aiming for complete honesty? Do we view falsehood and lies as our enemy or as a lurgy that we wouldn’t care to touch with a bargepole?
Request for neither poverty nor riches
Agur isn’t merely a type of Stoic, Aesthetic or do-gooder. No doubt Agur has considered wealth and poverty from a biblical perspective and is aware of the trappings of both. We would do ourselves a great favour to think through the implications of the Polar opposites. He is concerned, not from a fretful, worrying anxious demeanour but in a dutiful, prudent sense.
He considers that if he has too much he might deny the lord. Maybe Agur was watching Solomon closely and noted when his heart went astray and began to turn. We don’t know but we are blessed in being able to see things from hindsight. It is likely that he was aware of Solomon’s proverbs. But there is more at stake than the money or being tempted, since Agur desires right relationship with God.
Often, we have critical life-decisions to make such as where we will live or what job what we will do or whose company we should keep. We use our God-given minds to weigh the pros and cons of various factors and think through the logistics. When we start to think how those decisions will impact our service for the Lord then we can have a greater peace in the outcome of those decisions in the light of His calling on our lives.
Agur is also concerned that if he has too little, he might steal or profane the name of God. Agur was a student of God’s Word and human nature and he realises that extreme poverty can influence some to take desperate measures. He wisely doesn’t consider himself immune to temptation. Some may rob a bank for a great sum of money and others who have nothing may steal to survive.  For those with great financial pressures there are strong temptations also. Let us watch and pray that we become neither too comfortable nor bitter with our lot.
Living a godly life
When all is said and done, few of us will wish we had spent more hours in the office or more time in front of the TV or internet, although those things are necessary at times and have their place. We so often attempt to fit bible study, prayer, fellowship and serving others around our lives rather than seeking God first and His righteousness, so all the other things will be added unto us. It’s like a huge marble that won’t fit in the jar of marbles because it is put in last when it should have been put in first and all the other ones would then fit round it. We must put God first and prioritise Him if we are to recover a biblical worldview that was anything like that during the times of great revival. God is sovereign, and we have everything we need in Him according to His riches and mercy. Let us pray for wisdom which God will give us liberally and use it. Let us employ and structure our time, money and resources carefully for His glory!
Sunday 19 Aug 2018