I cannot begin to count the number of times I have heard someone utter the words, “It’s not fair.” Circumstances had arisen in different situations that made the person or persons feel they were being treated unjustly.
The list of events that seems unfair is endless.
If I were to take a survey of how many of our perceived unjust situations have turned out to be blessings in disguise, I am certain it would be an eye-opener. Many negative situations have been known to evolve into a warm fuzzy that occurred later. Perhaps, shortly after that door closed on the desired promotion, another company offered you a more rewarding job with more money and fewer headaches.
The secret to moving through inequitable scenarios, is to look for the benefits that are usually present. You may have to wait a little longer to see them, but they usually appear. Inner strength is also developed, and there is always a lesson in the situation which will become apparent over time.
David, the shepherd boy, was at a definite disadvantage and in a seemingly unfair and impossible situation when he faced the Philistine giant, Goliath. But he confidently informed King Saul he was no slouch, having killed a lion and a bear with his bare hands. When he came face-to-face with Goliath, he belittled him and told him he had Divine help from the Lord God. David struck Goliath in the head with a stone that killed him, and proceeded to cut off his head. (1 Samuel 17: 34;45-46) How’s that for overcoming all the odds!
The parable of the workers in the vineyard describes how God’s grace is always active. A landowner hired idle, unemployed workers at different times of the day to work in his vineyard. No matter what hour of the day they started, at the end of the day, they were paid equally for the work they performed. (Matthew 20:1-16)
The workers who had been working since 9:00 in the morning grumbled about it being unfair that those who worked only an hour received the same pay as the workers who had been toiling since morning. The owner listened to their grumbling but did not take back the money he had paid the one-hour workers. To the owner, it didn’t matter how long each worker spent working. As the owner of the vineyard, he had the right to express his favor over all of the workers by giving them equal pay.
This parable applies equally to us. God’s grace deposited in the most negative circumstance, is everlasting and will move you forward regardless of the scenario. The author of the best-selling book “When God Winks at You” illustrates how “coincidence” can bring Divine intervention into a negative situation. If a situation seems unfair, pray, and wait for God’s grace to intervene. ¹
¹Rushnell, Squire D. When God Winks at You. New York: Simon and Shuster.