Do you know anyone who you would call very rich? Do you ever feel a tiny bit envious? The Philistines got really jealous of Isaac, because God was blessing him so much (Genesis 26 v 12 – 15) so they filled up the wells his father Abraham had dug. When you think of the greedy bankers and multinationals lining their pockets and evading paying their taxes, you can almost feel the same!
Then realize, that if you are reading this on your own computer, you are in about the top 5% of the world’s richest people. You are rich indeed! So what do you think some of the world’s really poor people think about you? Just a thought as we all rush around like headless chickens making sure we have every last trimming organized for Christmas!
However, I don’t believe it was God’s intention for Isaac to feel really bad about the fact that he was being blessed, and I don’t believe we need to feel bad about it either. It is OK to enjoy the good things God gives us, but maybe we need to think about how we can be responsible with what we have. That might mean being a little more generous with our giving, or perhaps more active in writing to politicians. Jesus said there would always be poor people around, but whether they are on our doorstep or the other side of the world, by showing we care, we can try to give them a little less reason to feel angry and jealous.
Enjoy the goodness of God this Christmas! You are truly blessed!