Abba Antonios, pondering the ways of God, once asked:
"Lord, how does it happen that many live very few years and yet others reach a ripe old age?
And how is it that some live in poverty while others are rich? And how is it that the unjust continue to grow richer and the just are poor?"
Then he heard a voice say to him:
"Antonios, watch yourself, for those things which you ask about belong to the inscrutable ways of God's wisdom and it is not to your benefit to learn of them."