Desert Sayings #2

“When the same Abba Anthony thought about the depth of the judgments of God, he asked, ‘Lord, how is it that some die when they are young, while others drag on to extreme old age?   Why are there those who are poor and those who are rich?  Why do wicked men prosper and why are the just in need?’  He heard a voice answering him, ‘Anthony, keep your attention on yourself; these things are according to the judgment off God, and it is not to your advantage to know anything about them.'”

—-Abba Anthony

 Though this thought was pondered some 1300 years ago it still troubles us today. How many times have we cried,”Why do the wicked prosper?” This cry has caused more than one person to lose faith. The voice that spoke to Anthony can speak to us. It is simple. Live your own life in reverence before God and allow yourself the freedom of being centered on Him. By following this path peace is found

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