I used to want to go deeper, and wider, in my faith.
I admired the classic Christian art portrait - DAILY BREAD of an old man praying over a loaf of bread.
Having had a very richly blessed younger life, I was actually jealous of the kind of faith enjoyed by those who could accept a crust of bread and praise the Lord for it. I wondered if I could.
God answered my prayers with challenges, crises, and delays. Oh yes, my faith increased. It is painful to be stretched that deep and that wide that fast.
Oh yes, I praised the Lord in those circumstances too. However, I assure you, I would rather go back to the happy bliss of being richly blessed ; )
Paul said something like he had been rich and he had been poor - and that all things being equal he would rather be rich… Sign me up !!!!!
Knowing the Lord is what counts. It takes a lot of faith for a rich man to look to heaven and give thanks, and then use his riches to serve the kingdom. It can take just as much faith as for a poor man to thank God for bread. You wouldn’t understand unless you had ever been rich.
Jesus said - it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to get into heaven.
Now I know envy is a sin. I have been Guilty.
But now… Let it rain gold and I will never envy the poor man again!