God created us to live our lives focused on Him. His purpose from the very beginning was that we should be “God-conscious”, not “self-conscious”. Until Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they were so unconscious of self that they did not even consider their own nakedness. But after their disobedience, they became fully aware of themselves and wanted to hide from God. Their focus had shifted from God to self.
For example, financial problems often come when we try to live above our means, attempting to fulfil self-centred desires. It’s not that I am against prosperity—I’m not. But it’s important to have the right perspective. If you’re miserable or unhappy over the fact that you don’t have a bigger home, a newer car, or a wide-screen television, something is wrong. It’s our self-centredness that turns a want into a need and then that need into a personal crisis.