When Life Seems Unfair - Count your Blessings!
There are days we find ourselves in a frenzy. We gravitate toward the idea that life is unfair for us because we don’t have all the things we want. Let’s admit that it’s hard not to want all these lavish things when everywhere we look ads consume us. I’m not just talking about material things, but we also want our dreams to come true. We long for them, and when our well seems empty we get frustrated. We look around at our friends in amazement of how, perhaps, their dreams have come true but we have been waiting for oh so long.
Here is where we make the mistake. We wonder off God’s plan for our lives. We fail to trust Him, that even though we cannot see the final scenario and the promise coming true for our lives- that He is indeed working all things out for our good.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
When we live in comparison, we take our eye off our Maker and we are falling into the trap the enemy so wishes to bind us with. The enemy does not want us to see the great plan that God has made for us alone – so he drives our attention to others in envy and rage because the devil is well aware that we will never measure up to others standards because we are not designed to do so.
“’For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” - Jeremiah 29:11
God designed us with our very own purpose to fulfill and we can never fulfill it by living in other's people's shoes. This is where things like social media can work against us because if we are not careful we will worship and idolize others and their lives (Snooping on other people’s Facebook pages ring a bell?) and get off track with our own. STAY FOCUSED.
In all fairness, we must work diligently to keep our eyes on the prize – that is Jesus Christ. We must live on purpose to follow his example and stop worrying about what we don't have, or don't have yet. God promises to fulfill all of our needs, as long as what we request are good things- things in which we can be grateful and give all the glory to Him.
And that is just it. If we are not at a place that we can be truly grateful for all our needs and serve others with what God entrusts to us –than how can God trust us at all.
“But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48
Perhaps, God is working on our character so that we are able to handle all the blessing he is ready to release to us when the time is right. I don't know about you, but I am ready to pass this test with flying colors! Teach me O'Lord to put you first in everything.[G4] [G5] [G6]
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” - Matthew 6:33
“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” - Hebrews 6:10-12
The following is an exert from my new devotional. I hope you enjoy.
“I cheerfully await the day when I will see you face-to-face again. And so your heart longs for this day, and you will live in the expectation of this day when you fully receive My grace. Search for Me in all things, and you shall find Me. Be thankful in all situations, and you will learn to truly live. As you discover how to live with a grateful heart, you discover the beauty I have created for you to enjoy and use for your everyday pleasures. As you contemplate on My ways in scripture, you will discover that I have already mapped out your destiny, but it is up to you to use the key to find your way. This golden key resides in your heart, and you must be careful to not let the wrong people in to hide it. My son has already died on the cross so that you may unlock the door to your destiny—a destiny that has a road leading to everlasting life on the golden streets in heaven. Give thanks in all situations, and you will discover the right path in the golden streets of glory in life everlasting.” –Exert from Finding Hope in a Turbulent World: A Ninety-Day Devotional
Prayer for the Day
Thank You, Father in heaven, for entrusting me with all You have given. Please help me to appreciate the small things and to acquire a grateful heart. I choose to live in gratitude each day, and I pray I do not become enticed by the riches of the world. You alone are my portion and cup, and I thank You. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.