Job 21:22-26 (NLT)
22 “But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful? 23 One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure, 24 the picture of good health, vigorous and fit. 25 Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life. 26 But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots.

Job discusses the plight of man. Some people have riches and live in the security of their wealth. Some have good health and are able to enjoy vigorous lives. On the other hand some people die from poverty never feeling safe and secure. The fate of both is the same; death comes and life on this world ends.

Our Lord Jesus gave us a view into the life of a beggar and a rich man. The beggar was always willing to eat the scraps the dogs did not eat. The rich man enjoyed life and gave no thought to the blessings that had been bestowed upon him. Upon death the poor man’s faith in God placed him in heaven at the bosom of Abraham. The rich man when he died found himself in hell for he never sought God or thought about his eternal life. In the years ahead some will be blessed with wealth while others live in poverty. It is not wealth that shows we stand in God’s favor nor is it poverty that shows we are out of favor with God. It is a lot each is dealt in life. For God works through both the rich and the poor. In our wealth we should seek God and use our resources to help others. In our poverty we should count on God to bring joy and peace into our lives. Rich or poor our fate is death, but the outcome of our eternal life is the faith and trust we have placed in God. For His salvation comes through His son Jesus Christ who shed His blood freely for our sins.