I recall a Christmas when I was about 10 years old when I did not receive the gifts that I wanted or expected. I was vocal in expressing my displeasure to the dismay of my parents. I was neither pleasant nor civil with my disrespect and ungratefulness. I was immature and did not appreciate all of the blessings and advantages that were mine, but today it reminds me of Christians who are begging and even demanding favor from God. They do not realize how much favor they already possess.
Whether we are blessed by trials and adversity or we are tested by prosperity and abundance, we should not be deterred from always pursuing the one who is the Truth, the Life and the Way. God may bless us with material possessions, He may bring us through the fire or, most likely, at one time or another we will experience both blessing and trial.