It is a commonly understood concept that he who has the biggest debt forgiven is usually the one that is the most grateful. This concept is biblical and practical. It is at those times where you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, where you will be able to spend the night, or what you will wear that you are the most reliant on someone else and tend to be the most thankful when you receive it– right before you go back to living just as you had before!
My question is, should we seek to put ourselves into these kinds of positions?
What do I mean? My mind is trying to come to wrap itself around two concepts:
- Our ability to learn to trust God is strengthened by adversity and by exercise.
- Our society is constructed in such a way that we can be comfortable in trusting self to supply needs rather than God.
If the first and the second is correct (and I’m not attempting to get into any kind of logical argument here), should we seek to put ourselves into places where our faith can grow by opting out of things that are benefits in our societies? Or, said slightly differently, should we set aside temporary safety for the chance to grow our faith? And to what degree?
The other problem that I’m mulling through on this topic is, to what extent is God’s provision of our current abundance something I should be a good steward of rather than seek to have less? I don’t believe that current provision is necessarily a problem as long as we consider the source, but I do wonder whether Christians get sucked into their well paying jobs and see that as the place where they put their faith, instead of God.