There is not a greater contradiction in life than that of the Christian and the sinner. In all fairness, one would think that all faithful Christians should live long, be in perfect health, and have great wealth. Yet, this is not the fate of the Christian but rather this is the life of the wicked.
You hear it every day that one’s health is basically determined by hereditary. If your parents had it, then it’s highly probable that you will too. What if I were to tell you that this is only true in the spiritual sense and not the physical? What if your health was all based upon whether you were a Christian or a sinner? Does the bible bear record of such a concept? You decide.
The devil himself was called the father of liars and murders (Jn 8:44). Jesus was called the everlasting Father (Isa 9:6). “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Gal 3:26-27). “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother (1 John 3:9-10). Thus it is conclusive that here on earth, we are either the children of God or the children of the devil.
All the children of God suffer for the cause of Christ (2 Tim 3:12 f; 1 Pet 4:16). Make sure you underline the word “ALL” because there is not one exception to this rule. They all suffer the same things (1 Pet 5:9). As Jesus and his apostles suffered, even so must we suffer. This includes, but is not limited to, our physical health. Notice the description of Paul’s dilemma: “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong:” (2 Cor 12:9-10). Take note of the word, “infirmities”, which simply means, (disease, infirmity, sickness, or weakness).
It is conclusive that if we are the children of God, then we shall inherit the sufferings of the one who bled and died for us. After all, the servant is not greater than his master (Jn 13:16). If God made his only Son to suffer, then by all means, we too shall suffer. “For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:” (1 Peter 2:20-21).
“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning” (1 John 3:8). Jesus told the Pharisees, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). So, what is the reward of the wicked? The consolation of the wicked is riches (Lk 6:24). Remember the question of Job concerning the wicked, “Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power (Job 21:7)? The wicked gain this present world (Mt 16:26). As Job continued, “Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage. They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance. They sing to the tambourine and harp,And rejoice to the sound of the flute. They spend their days in wealth, And in a moment go down to the grave. Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him” (Job 21:8-15)?
Whenever Israel followed God, they suffered. Whenever they worshiped idols, they prospered. Thus the words spoken to the prophet Jeremiah, “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble. But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine. The women also said, “And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make cakes for her, to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her without our husbands’ permission” (Jer 44:16-19)?
It is abundantly clear that whenever we are born again to become the sons and daughters of God, we also inherit the conditions of all the children of God. Even so, if we reject the knowledge and word of God, we will inherit the consolation of the wicked. However, after this present life, the righteous are promised the inheritance of their heavenly Father, that being, eternal life (Tit 1:2). The wicked are promised hell and damnation (2 Thess 1:7-9). So, even though the wicked win this world, they will lose the world to come. Even so, the righteous lose this present world, but in the world to come, they are the victors!