UNFAIR! WHAT TO DO?
Sometimes we can feel that life is unfair. And most of those times – not always, but most of those times – it really isn’t even our fault. Still, we find ourselves in what seems like an unfair circumstance. Or we’re in a situation with unfair (and maybe, even, with very mean and evil) people. And we just can’t do a darn thing to make it better or change the situation or bring about justice. At least not justice according to our own perspective of what justice should look like. And we definitely don’t have the power to bring about justice according to our own hurry up and make it right, right now timeline.
We are not only left powerless in these unfair, unjust circumstances, but we may actually find ourselves in the situation where no one else sees the truth from our perspective. That can be a devastating and faith-shaking place to be. But it doesn’t shake God. God is the God of Justice. God is the God who sees – and sees far more clearly than we are able.
What does God ask of us when our situation is so unfair, so unjust?
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, [the justice of your cause] your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. – Psalm 37:5-9
What has God asked of me, when I’ve found myself in these unjust, unfair circumstances with unjust, unfair people? Well, it definitely wasn’t to continue stomping my feet or slamming my cupboards or yelling all sorts of ugly stuff, really, really loudly! Even if the yelling was, only and usually, just inside my head. God has made it pretty clear that the inside-my-head-yelling still counts as yelling to God. And it’s really not all that helpful in the big scheme of things.
No. Instead, God has asked, told, me to do this: To trust God and be still. To commit my way to God. To wait for God’s justice. I am to commit to God all of my circumstances – no matter how unjust they are, or how unfair they seem. I am to commit to God all of my ways – all of my circumstances, my perspective, my planning, my desires, my frustration, my thinking, my speaking, my acting, my facial expressions, my tone of voice, my stomping, my slamming and my yelling – over to God.
My everything is to be consciously, intentionally, actively, immediately and continually entrusted over and committed to my God. God, not I, is in control. God, not I, sees fully. I am to be quiet and wait. I am to put my hope in the Lord. God is just. Justice is God’s to work out. Not mine. And my God can be fully trusted. Righteousness and justice will shine for all eternity!