What do you do when life is unfair?
I’m reading the story of David and Saul. We all probably relate to David in the story. He was a young, gifted warrior, hated by his mentor for simply doing his job well. Saul was doing some very evil things. He killed all the priest except one for simply showing kindness to his perceived enemy. He was trying to kill David. He would later consult with a witch. That is some seriously evil stuff. Yet for 16 years he remained King.
David on the other hand was exiled, living in caves, followed by 500 men of shady character. David was given the opportunity very early to take Saul’s life. His men encouraged it. David was completely in the right. Saul completely in the wrong. But David did the righteous act and spared Saul’s life. Yet at the end of this confrontation Saul went back to the Palace as King and David went back to the caves as an outlaw. Life is not fair.
Sometimes bad people prosper.
Sometimes cheaters are rewarded.
Sometimes evil goes unpunished.
But for the Christian, we rest in knowing that Favor is also unfair.
Favor brings shepherds before kings.
Favor takes you from a prisoner to a second in charge of a nation in a matter of days.
Favor open doors that no man can close.
Favor gives undeserved gifts, promotions, and raises.
Favor gives opportunities to preach the gospel in unlikely places.
Favor is not fair.
So when life is unfair, we remind ourselves we have favor and we use our favor to help level the playing field for those who life has disappointed.
Pray this with me:
Father, thank you that I have favor with you and with man. I thank you that doors are opening for me. Give me influence with people of influence. Extend my sphere of influence. Sit me at the table before great men and women. Give me opportunities to preach the gospel in unlikely places. Give me undeserved and unexpected raises, promotions, and gifts. Use me to help and support those to whom life has treated unfairly.
“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Psalm 5:12 NIV