When Life Feels Unjust

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” The words written in Psalm 16 sound glamourous. It’s one of those easier-said-than-done phrases.

As a Christian, I know head knowledge that this is true, that nothing happens without God’s consent and that He takes good care of me. But I must admit, sometimes, life seems unfair. I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Both Job in his book and Asaph in Psalm 73 complain that it seems like evil is winning. Asaph says in Psalm 73: 3, “For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”

But it doesn’t have to be the wicked that we envy.

What about that friend at school who happens to be the most popular? And maybe you can’t help but be jealous of your brother who gets to attend a concert by your favorite artist.

Maybe it seems like God keeps blessing the same person, and it feels like He’s overlooked you. Deep down, you wonder if He even cares about you and if He sees you.

Friend, God most definitely sees you and He certainly cares about you, what you’re thinking and feeling, and your heart’s desire. Think of all the ways God has blessed you. They’re there. God blesses all of us uniquely. Not all the gifts and blessings might be the same, but they’re still gifts from the Father of lights.

Believing that someone else is more blessed or loved by God than you are will only lead to discontentment and envy. Trust me; I’ve been there, and sometimes, I’m still there. I don’t think we ever fully arrive.

I’ve heard it said many times that God’s version of fair isn’t our version of fair. I think that’s true. Maybe sometimes we think God should give something to us, but then He gives it someone else instead. It doesn’t seem fair, but we can’t see that by not giving to us what we thought we deserved, God’s lovingly teaching us a lesson.

A lesson, that yes, at the time may seem painful but that will make us stronger individuals. Jesus says in Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of much more value than they?”

If we are God’s children and He is our Father, we can rest assured that He will take good care of us. Do you feel overlooked by the world? God sees you.

Do you feel like others are blessed constantly while you’re barely hanging on?

When life feels unjust, let us remember that God is in ultimate control and that He is good, perfect, and just.

Thank goodness that He is not the world’s version of fair.

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