“So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is!” Psalm 73:16 NLT
Undoubtedly, you have heard biblically that we must not steal (see Exodus 20:15). Yet, nowadays, robbery and theft have multiplied so dramatically. Oftentimes, both robbers and thieves seem to be so successful that they even get richer than good doers. Consequently, their success in doing wrong keeps you from pursuing righteousness. Then, you say “If I do good and I am paid with evil, what is the point of doing good?” At times Asaph coveted the wicked as he saw them prospering. And he said “Look at these wicked people ─ enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply” Psalm 73:12. Like Asaph in the memory verse above, you feel appealed to follow in their footsteps for the sake of prosperity of evil doers. But should we prefer evil to good for the sake of prosperity? What does your answer tell you about your relationship with God? In other words, what is your motivation for doing good? Is it for pleasing God? Or is it for pleasing your fellow men/women? Note that for everything we do there’s always an interest behind it, at first we are propelled to do it by interest until it becomes a habit. Therefore, you need to examine every motive you have for doing things; whether it is a good motive or a bad one.
However, I’d like to urge you to continue doing good to your fellow men. Firstly, you need to know that your motive for doing good should be your primary love for God. Yes, we are to love God first. And then as we do, we will be prompted to love our fellow men as well. That is to say that only God, as a top priority in our lives, can make us love other people. Miraculously, our love for Him plants in us love for the other people. As you believe in God, you’ll definitely understand that we are all created equally. For this reason, we are the same flesh and bone ─ that is, we are people of “the same blood.” So, it makes no sense stealing from your same kind. Secondly, like Asaph you have to know the dangers of wrong doing versus the benefits of good doing. Although you’ve heard the saying “No good deed goes unpunished”, which literally means that every good deed is punished, you’d better not let it keep you from doing good deeds. For although the saying is somewhat true, it is often used as a justification for doing wrong. Do you wonder why? The thing is that if you look at it from different angles, you can surely understand that not every deed is punished, unless one is deprived of one’s rights. For instance, there’s no prison for feeding the hungry. Most importantly, you have to understand that eventually there’ll be a Day of Judgment, for every single deed done in this sinful world, on which every wrong doer including thieves/robbers will be accountable for their terrible acts in proportion to what they deserve (see Revelation 22:12). Meanwhile, the good doers who undergo any kind of suffering now will be comforted then, in the Coming New World.
“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the kingdom of Heaven is theirs” Matthew 5:10 NLT
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