MISSING THE POINT
And Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”
So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned. -- 1 Samuel 10:15-16
Saul had just been anointed king, but because he was afraid, unimpressed, or skeptical, he spoke only of the donkeys.
Oh Lord, Thy hand is lifted up yet they do not see it.
They see Thy zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, fire will devour Thine enemies.
-- Isaiah 26:11
Concerning the spiritual diffidence of Judah, Isaiah wrote that even while God was in action, they saw nothing.
AWARENESS OF NEED
But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position; and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass, he will pass away. -- James 1:9-10
Neither wealth or poverty can guarantee spiritualness, but either one can sharpen a man’s awareness of his deeper needs. The Christian who is wealthy may be pleased that God has called him to true riches, while the rich might be glad that God has shown him his spiritual poverty.