I don't know if Paul was very naive or very optimistic or . . . That's Paul from the Bible I mean. This is the verse I read this morning, 'so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God'. It is such a awesome vision of a ripple effect or perhaps tidal wave of the spread of the knowledge of God's grace and love. That people should just be overwhelmed at his goodness and that he cares about us.
But in fact many people then and now became defensive and suspicious. And instead of thanksgiving overflowing we tend to ask more and more from God. Somehow what he does is never enough. But even one tiny miracle in our lives is evidence of God and his love.
Funny how I can't actually put into words what I feel. It sounds so 'already said'. But when the Holy Spirit speaks straight into our hearts it is fresh and new and awesome.