“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (1 Peter 5:7, AMP).
Unfairness is inevitable, and it’s a lesson we don’t like to learn in life. I’m sure we can all relate to how discouraging unfair situations can be. For example: You’ve worked hard at your place of employment, yet someone else got the promotion.
You’ve prayed so long for a spouse, yet everyone around you seems to be getting married. You are desperately waiting to become pregnant but can’t even conceive in a baby boom season. You’ve clung to God’s promises for healing, but you are still sick while healing is all around you. You’ve been anticipating a financial breakthrough, but you seem to be losing it all instead. It’s so unfair! It creates pain and instills doubt in your heart. To be honest, I have lost count of the times I’ve screamed out to God, “It’s just not fair!”
Throughout all the years of following Jesus, it finally dawned on me that even in the midst of all the unfairness, God is still on the move, He is still up to something, When we think He is silent, He is simply working behind the scenes. He is still Sovereign, and He still has our best interest in mind.
As an example of unfairness, look at Jesus’ life. The One who knew no sin died for all of our sins. The One who taught and loved was betrayed and sold. The One who walked as the Messiah was crucified as a thief. The One who brought a message of truth and grace, healed the sick, cast out demons, and resurrected the dead was publicly humiliated and ridiculed. The One, who came to bring life was sentenced to a most horrific death.
Where is the fairness in that? If Jesus faced unfairness, what makes you think that you will not experience it as well? But one great lesson from Jesus’ life is that God had the final say in all situations-not the unfairness, not the pain, and not even death. The lifeless body of Jesus in the tomb was raised to display the full glory of God. He overcame, and so will you. Your lifeless situations are under God’s complete control and when you overcome-because you will-you will then bring glory to God.
The Lord is not surprised by the unfairness you face, nor is He unsure about how He is going to take care of that situation. You are just as safe putting your trust in Him when things are going great as when it looks like everything is falling all around you. Philippians 4:19 (NIV) says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Notice that the verse doesn’t say “some” or “most” of your needs, but ALL of them. It doesn’t say how He will do it, it simply says that He will. Sometimes we lose our focus and our peace trying to understand “how” He will do it, but our job is not to understand-our job is to be consistent in our trust and obedience to Him. I have found from experience that the way He does it is often not the way we expected Him to.
So, if life has thrown you some unfair circumstances, don’t feel like a victim. Instead, be led by the example of Jesus to always trust and serve the Father in the middle of it all. Through all the chaos, serve Him with your love to the unlovely. Serve Him with your compassion to the uncompassionate ones. Serve Him with your faithfulness through your struggle and your pain.
Why should you do this you may ask? Because victims stay defeated, but servants overcome!
Prayer: Sovereign God, I thank You today because Your eyes are consistently on me. Your Word says that Your hand is upon me, and although I may face some unfair and discouraging situations, I am at peace because You are in complete control. I know, God, that You will never leave Your righteous ones ashamed. I trust that You are on the move in my life and something great is about to burst. I pray that You help me display Your Son Jesus in my everyday walk. Today I hand You the worries, the doubts, the anxieties, the unfairness, and the struggles, trusting that You will show up and show off in my life in order to glorify Yourself. I praise You, King Jesus. Amen!