Peter wrote about suffering, that one could suffer for doing evil, or doing good (1 Peter 4:15-16). But the fact is that God’s people appear to be suffering unjustly. Wicked people take advantage of the Believer’s suffering to insist that they are being punished by God for heresy. However, God’s word does not state, “Many are the afflictions of the heretics.” (Psalm 34:19)
God’s people may indeed be under His chastising, but He only chastises the ones He loves (Hebrews 12:6). However, the wicked often appear to be greatly blessed by the measurement of earthly standards.
Asaph wrote about that status of the wicked:
“Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.” (Psalm 73:7)
Asaph erroneously focused on the deceptively “better” life of the wicked. He reached the point where he began to believe that he was living righteously in vain.
“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” (Psalm 73:12-14) Continue reading