God is sovereign. We go through different circumstances that He measured for us. Sometimes we are so busy with our daily routine. We forget that it is God who judges us not Satan.
Footnote for the word ‘appear’ in 1 Pet. 4:18:
I.e., stand. Among the early apostles there was a strong belief that the Lord Jesus would come back soon to judge the unbelieving sinners, who are ungodly and disobey His gospel (2 Thes. 1:6-9).
Peter’s word here should refer to this. In God’s government, if the righteous, who has obeyed God’s gospel and lives a righteous life before God, is saved with difficulty, suffering persecution as the means of God’s disciplinary punishment that his life may be purified, where will the ungodly, who disobeys God’s gospel and lives a sinful life against His government, stand when the destruction by His wrath comes?