Today, many churches, incorrectly, teach a religion of prosperity and health. There is no scriptural link between earthly success and following the Lord. Luke 12 teaches that we will have what we need, and Luke doesn’t promise that we will receive earthy success beyond anyone else in the world. In many cases, following God will create more earth hardship than anything else will; however, there is an unexplainable joy in following. The early Christians can testify to the hardships.
Another biblical example of hardship would be the life of Job. Job was blameless — a man of complete integrity. Job feared God and stayed away from evil. Job lost everything except his wife. His reaction was to shave his head, fail to the ground, and worshiped God. The bible records him saying, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!”
Job was blameless in God eyes, but God allowed Satan to take everything from him; even Job wife advised Job to cruse God and die. Job’s friends accused him of sin, and they tried to convince Job that God is punishing him because of that sin. Job replied to his friends:
If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. Then I would listen to his reply and understand what he says to me? Would he use his great power to argue with me? No, he would give me a fair hearing. Honest people can reason with him, so I would be forever acquitted by my judge.
Job stayed faithful to God, and God did restore him back to heath, provided him with more children, and gave him more wealth than he had before. God wasn’t obligated to restore anything back to Job.
There are many example of God not showing favoritism. In the fall of Judea and Israel, the faithful Jews were killed or forced into slavery along with the wicked ones. God allowed wicked Jews to imprison or murdered his prophets. The apostle Paul was stoned and left for dead; he was imprisoned multiple times; and church history says he was crucified. I believe if God showed favoritism, he would have shown it to Jesus. However, God allowed wicked people to crucify his “only son.”