One of the most powerful temptations of the believer is to doubt Godâ€™s goodness to him in time of troubleâ€”earthly trouble including family distress, sickness, and financial hardship. Lending force to the temptation is Godâ€™s apparent goodness to the wicked in their prosperityâ€”earthly prosperity including a peaceful home, health, and economic success.
Every Christian struggles with this temptation at some time in his life.
This temptation and this struggle regarding earthly troubles, as well as the overcoming of the temptation and victory in the struggle by every child of God are the profound and grand themes of Psalm 73.
Prosperous Wicked and Plagued Saints is a commentary on this precious psalm that applies to stumbling believers and their children, in a practical way, that gospel-truth which alone holds them up and restores them. This is the truth of Godâ€™s goodness to his people in their trouble, as it is also the truth of Godâ€™s curse of the wicked in their prosperity.
In light of the teaching of Psalm 73, the book takes issue with a theory about earthly prosperity and earthly woe that, for all its strange popularity with Reformed and evangelical Christians, only intensifies the believerâ€™s temptation to doubt in the hour of trouble: the theory of common grace.