When Life Seems Unfair

Read : Psalm 73

“I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73 : 3).

Have you ever felt that life is unfair? For those of us who are committed to following the will and ways of Jesus. It’s easy to get frustated when people who don’t care about Him seem to do well in life. A businessman cheats yet wins a large contract, and the guy who parties all the time is robust and healthy-while you or your loved one struggle with finances or medical issues. It makes us fell cheated, like maybe we’ve been good for nothing.

If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re in good company. The writer of Psalm 73 goes through a whole list of how the wicked prosper, and then he says, “surely I have cleansed my heart and vain” (v.13). But the tide of his throughs turns when he recalls his time in God’s presence : “Then I understood their end” (v.17).

When we spend time with God and see things from His point of view, it changes our perspective completely. We may be jeolous of the nonbelievers now, but we won’t be at jugdment time. As saying goes, what differences does it make if you win the battle but lose the war?

Like psalmist, let’s praise God for the presence in this life and His promise of the life to come (vv.25-28). He is all you need, even when life seems unfair.

by Joe Stowell (Our Daily Bread, May 16, 2011)



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