Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings (Isa. 3:10 KJV)
The Lord sent Isaiah with a word of encouragement for His people saying “say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him”. This word is fully applicable to you in Christ. He is still saying to us, that it well with us. But why would the Lord send such a message to His people? Well, the Psalmist Asaph gives us one of the reasons why God would do such a thing.
Asaph had personally observed that it seemed to be well with the ungodly and unwell with the righteous. It appeared that those who followed the way of God were at a disadvantage because the wicked were those who were prospering and seemed to be happier in life. He was so discouraged that he said “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” (Ps. 73:13-14 KJV). Have you ever felt this way before? I certainly did many years ago. It appeared as though people who are out of Christ were those who really enjoyed life. The ungodly are those who are wealthier and seemed happier. It is as though following Jesus is a waste of our lives.
But God has a message for you. It is well with the righteous, and it is not well with the ungodly— at all. Life out of Christ is crisis and enteral destruction. Do not allow the world to convince you that it is better out there. Do not quit. Do not be discouraged. We may have some challenges because of who we are as believers, but it is well with the righteous.
What are some of the observations of Asaph that made him erroneously conclude that following God was a waste? See Ps. 73:3-12).
APPLY THE WORD
The world is heading to destruction. Do not envy the world and the ungodly. It is regrettable to see how the world is making its way into the Church. Believers are trying to “sanctify” the “system of the world” in many different forms. Many artists today will do anything to succeed in their career and become famous. The world will hail them, but not God. Your business competitor might be using crockery to grow rich. That is not for you. Your colleague might have had that promotion by doing something which you cannot do as a believer. There is more about a happy life than promotion or salary increases. The Lord is saying to us that it is well with us. We do not have to copy the system of the world. We have something better.
Thank the Lord for watching over us carefully to ensure that it is indeed well with us.