Asking for a Raise

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Proverbs 30:5-9
“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar. Two things I ask of You; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

Tomorrow, I will be asking for a raise. (By the time you read this, I would have already asked.) It’s funny because I’m actually torn about asking. Obviously, one asks for a raise because one believes that one is worthy of more money. Such is my case (in my humble opinion). However, in light of the above scripture verses above, shouldn’t I be content with what God has provided me?

First off, God “is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.” So, why am I not trusting in His shield? What I mean is, if I have really taken refuge in Him, and He is my shield, what am I doing asking for more? Why am I not satisfied with His shield?

Second, I should never “add to His words, lest He rebuke” me, and I “be found a liar”. In other words, by asking for a raise, am I now a liar because I am denying His provision by asking for more than He has provided, yet at the same time proclaim to be a Christian? What kind of a witness is that?

The Psalmist though, provides repentant wisdom:

“Two things I ask of You; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

Such is my prayer.

Because God has changed my heart, I can and will embrace whatever answer I receive at work, regarding my petition for higher compensation. Why? Because, God’s word always proves true. And since it always proves true, I who take refuge in Him will always be shielded, and that’s really all that matters… No?

“Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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