Life’s not fair. This is a phrase we learn growing up. As we grow up, we know this, yet some part of us still wrestles over getting our fair share. Someone else got the promotion. The store is out of stock of what you needed. Friends are getting engaged and married while you haven’t been on a date in awhile. Maybe it goes deeper than that, and there is something bigger that really doesn’t seem fair you have to struggle with.
After Joseph was sold into slavery, God gave him success in the areas he worked. This moved him into a position to take care of his master’s estate. While in this position, the master’s wife framed him for something he didn’t do which sent Joseph into prison. This unfair accusation changed his reputation. But even though he was in prison, God was still with him.
Sometimes it feels like when we aren’t experiencing a blessing that something is wrong. God must’ve taken a break on the job because what is happening isn’t fair to us. We forget that God goes before us and has a plan for the good of those that serve Him. The response when we’re experiencing unfairness should be content for where God has us. We know God has a plan and He doesn’t forget about us. Instead of looking at where we wanted to be, we should look at where God has us.
Someone once told me, “Fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing; fair is everyone getting what they need.” This was one of the first times I remember changing my perspective on what a word meant. Life isn’t always going to be fair, but how we respond to that will show if we have content in our hearts.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:10-12
“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.” Genesis 39:20-23