For all his good works what happened to Tobit?
He slept outside one hot night and bird droppings fell in his eyes, thanks to medical treatment as it were he ended up completely blind for four years, his wife supporting them by weaving.
When a generous client gave them a goat, in his anger he accuses her of stealing it and demands she return it.
So she retorted: “Where are your charitable deeds now?
Where are your virtuous acts?
See! Your true character is finally showing itself!”
Each of us will face adversity in life, often like Tobit through no fault of our own. It is how we choose to respond to it that shows how truly Christian we are.
We can like Tobit turn bitter and angry, and rail against the unfairness of it all.
Or we can like Job hold evermore tightly to God and allow him to use the time of adversity to make us stronger, like the fire that purifies the gold. The choice is ours. And in the adversity it is not a one time choice. Each day, sometimes each hour, we have to make the conscious choice to hold fast to our faith, hold fast to our brother and Lord Jesus Christ.