DEAR DR. GRAHAM: My neighbor says that if I just have enough faith, then God will make me rich. Is she right? When I pointed out that it didn't seem to have worked for her, she said it's because her faith isn't strong enough yet.
DEAR MRS. M.V.: I don't doubt your neighbor's sincerity, and I commend her for wanting to have a stronger faith — but this isn't what the Bible promises. It's true that in the Bible God gave great wealth to some of His servants (such as Abraham and Job), and occasionally He still does. But this is the exception, not the rule.
After all, no one had greater faith than Jesus — because He was the Son of God who lived in unbroken fellowship with His Father. But was Jesus wealthy? Not at all. He came from a humble family; Mary and Joseph were so poor they couldn't even afford the normal sacrifice of a lamb when Jesus was born (see Luke 2:22-24). Later, during His public ministry He said, ”Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20).