By Cindy Bleuler Tucker
The older I get, the more inadequate I feel. Lost dreams, unmet goals, and an aging body coupled with the hard circumstances of life that each of us face. Sometimes I feel that my particular path in life is more difficult than that of others It is not so much that I ask God “Why do the wicked prosper?” so much as why are there some Christians who have abundant wealth and possessions, beauty, children that are always faithful to the Lord, and go through life seemly unscathed. If they are sick, they are healed. If a car breaks down, they have adequate funds to fix it or buy a new vehicle. They are well prepared for the major expenses of life and can take lavish vacations 2 or 3 times a year. There is no robbing Peter to pay Paul, no fear of too little money and too much month.
Any time I feel sorry for myself, I look at Job. He was a man who had everything-health, wealth, property, children, and servants. Job was a righteous, God-fearing man. Satan comes to God and declares that the only reason Job is faithful to God is because of all the blessings he receives. God allows Satan to torment Job. In one day he lost his wealth, children, and servants. That not being enough misery, Satan strikes Job with horrible sores from head to foot. As he suffers, his wife is unsupportive, and friends come with pious advice and their reasons why this happened to Job. Job despairs and asks God: why did this happen, what was my sin, why did you allow this to happen? But he never gives up on God- he declares, “My Redeemer lives, I will hope in Him!”