Life's Not Fair
“ I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” -John 16:33
When I was a child, one of my most frequent complaints was, "That's not fair!" Everything had to be fair, and if it wasn't—well—it just wasn't fair! Now as a parent I use the phrase, "Life isn't fair." a lot to explain to my children that if they expected fairness throughout life, they would be sadly disappointed because it just isn't going to happen.
What Can You Do When Life Isn't Fair?
In Genesis if you read the story of Joseph you learn that Joseph brought a negative report to his father Jacob on how his brothers were tending their flocks. Joseph's account upset and irritated them. The brothers could see that their father overwhelmingly favored Joseph above them. This perceived unfairness greatly annoyed and angered them and led to intense feelings of envy and resentment—even hatred. There is a lot more to this story.
Joseph’s reaction to unfair treatment demonstrates that what happens within a person is significantly more important than what happens to him! Yes, life is unfair but God is fully capable of eventually equalizing unfair circumstances. God carefully watches over those who, while suffering unjustly, remain faithfully obedient to Him. "God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him" -1 Peter 2:19
Always react in the same manner Jesus did when we suffer unjustly. We are to "pursue peace with all people"-Hebrews 12:14. Jesus admonished His followers to handle unfairness and iniquity with love and forgiveness.-Matthew 5:44-45 We should do the same.
Of course there may be certain instances where we can respectfully defend ourselves against unfair actions, but the reality is that everyone experiences unfairness in life.
The key principle to remember is that how we react to unfair treatment is more important than what has happened to us. So the next time you feel you have been treated unfairly, you could be right. What should you do as a result? Carefully bring to mind that "all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" -Romans 8:28. Always reflect and act on this when life is unfair!
Keep trusting the Father for he knows best. When life is unfair, remember God is still good. Keep obeying Him and reaching out to those who are suffering. Jesus hasn’t promised us a fair world but he has promised us victory. “Take heart!” He said. “I have overcome the world.” As a Christian, you have all the power you need for the problems you face.