True, we must eat, we must have water. Sometimes we really need to work hard for our meals. Normally, people understand these truths. God told Adam he would have to work the ground in order for it to produce. All too often people get caught up in the masses both as a matter of faith and action. Sensationalism often promotes this.
People flock to success for a number of reasons. The main reason is provision of desires or needs. Most individuals want to be provided for, they are not strong individuals willing to stand and determine to survive on their own. As one of my seminary professors said, people are sheep. Most of them just want to follow and they covet success as defined by the world.
Worldly success is defined by numbers. More money, people, businesses, customers however you want to look at success in the world, be it land or fame is never what God considers success.
God’s success is measured in faith, humility, submission, service and reliance on God for all things, gathering power from outside of self, finding contentedness in selfless service. The world is very much about the base things we mentioned above. The question the Christian must always ask themselves is, am I doing this for me or for God? Is my focus for me, or to glorify Christ? Do I lead my family for myself, to make my life easier, or do I lead them to love God, learn of God, rest in God all the more, which can be a much more difficult path? These are tough decisions to make.
In John 6:22-40 the people were coveting fame, following the food. Instead of asking the how and why questions, they asked the what questions. The how would highlight the power of God. The why would highlight God’s loving salvation. The what was only asked as a concern for their own provision. They almost ask “Lord, you left. Who will feed us now?” How often do we ask God the wrong question. Often without even realizing it we ask about us instead of about Him.