Five Cs or Two Gs

Read Proverbs 30:7–9

The LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does he withhold from those whose way of life is blameless.—Psalm 84:11

At one time, many people in Singapore aspired to have what they called the “five Cs”: Cash in the bank; Career for the future; Car to drive; Condominium to live in Credit card to travel with.

According to a newspaper report, there is now an updated version of the five Cs: Connectivity to be tuned in; Choices—the more the merrier; Cheek—doing things our own way; Causes, because it is hip to help; Consumers who spend first and pay later.

Instead of the five Cs, Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30, asked for two Gs from God: His grace and goodness. 

He sought the grace of God to “keep falsehood and lies far from me” (v. 8), for he didn’t want to fall into the trap of believing that corrupt principles, practices, and affections were acceptable. 

And he asked for the goodness of God to provide what he needed—no more and no less (vv. 8–9). He was concerned that poverty could cause him to become covetous and to disgrace God’s name, but he also realised how easily riches could pamper him and cause him to deny the Lord.

Which do you desire more? The temporary satisfaction of the five Cs, or the eternal joy of God’s grace and goodness? Is your desire to honour God’s name above all?


What does your use of your time and talents show about your pursuit in life?

What might you need to change?


Lord, grant me Your grace to live in an upright way, and help me to trust in Your goodness to provide for me.

About the author

Albert Lee was Director of International Ministries for Our Daily Bread Ministries for many years. He is deeply passionate in the teaching of God’s Word. Albert appreciates art and collects paintings. He and his wife, Catherine, have two children.

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