I need to report a theft. The word blessed has been stolen and replaced with a knockoff that means comfortable. Hence we cry blessing when we have surplus money. Says who? I guess Herod the Great was blessed and John the Baptist wasn’t. We have to be really careful the wealth/blessing connection because “We are rich. The Lord has blessed us!” can easily morph into “You don’t have much money, so I guess God hasn’t blessed you…poor soul”. Nonsense. The truth is that blessings (literally happiness’s) from God are not contingent upon material prosperity. So how did this happen? The answer in part is that greed becomes easier to justify. The rich can idolize money, pitch out the blessing line, and sanctify hoarding. After all, God made them rich. Good thing none of us are rich. We would be different. Then again, it’s not what I have, but how I feel about it. The word will be rescued when we stop instinctively correlating blessing and wealth. It betrays an underlying assumption that God loves us only when he makes us comfortable. This in turn fuels the risk of sinning against him by accusing him of wrong when we face scarcity.