Resist the Formula
Christians often view financial abundance as proof of blessing. Here's the logic: financial abundance = blessing. You could also state it this way: If you are blessed by God, you will have financial abundance. Just one problem: Job. You know, long "o" Job - the guy who was the most righteous man alive and lost it all. His friends looked for proof of his sin because sin = financial ruin; righteousness = financial abundance. The wisdom of Job ("it" happens) runs alongside much of the wisdom of Proverbs (do right and be blessed) and reminds us that we must not collapse the mystery of God's providence into a simplistic formula, but rather allow God to lead us through these paradoxes into deeper intimacy, regardless the amount in our account.