Let me take a hiatus from the trek through 2 Timothy on this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. The danger of prosperity is ingratitude, is it not?
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your hearts and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
He led you… He brought you… He gave you…
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth….”
The text of Scripture speaks for itself, does it not? Let’s not take credit that belongs to God. Of all the dangers, let’s be alert to the danger of ingratitude. William Shakespeare said, “Ingratitude is monstrous.”