Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t produce the results we’d expect. However, it’s not the end of the story. God is in the business of redeeming even the most unfair situation we encounter.
The story of Joseph is one of the best examples. Favored by his father and envied by his brothers, he is sold into slavery. Unfair.
His master’s wife attempts to seduce Joseph. He refuses to give in to her advances. Joseph is falsely accused of rape and he’s sent to prison. Unfair.
Joseph did all the right things and yet still paid a great price. But we know it’s not the end of his story. He went on to be put in charge of the entire land of Egypt. He helped save people from starvation during a time of famine. He was reunited with his family. God’s Redemption. A beautiful ending to an ugly beginning.
Are you facing unfair circumstances in life? It’s frustrating, I know. Our family was entangled in a sticky situation for over a year. We did our very best to do things the right way. Every effort was made to come to a resolution without involving the court system. Yet we were forced to hire an attorney. Unfair.
As the situation escalated, we continued to do the right thing. The very things we avoided—lies, manipulation, hostility—we became the victims of. Unfair.
The results continued to be not what we’d expected. I found myself becoming angry and bitter. What difference did it make to do the right thing when every result was against us? The legal system failed us. The people involved hurt us.
In the midst of the unfairness, I couldn’t see the message that I’m sharing in this post. I didn’t see how God could redeem the situation. Somehow I imagine Joseph feeling the same. In the midst of slavery and imprisonment, it seems natural to think nothing good can come of it.
Now more than a year later, we have seen God redeem some of the situation. For that I am incredibly grateful. It would be easy to focus on what’s not yet redeemed. And I won’t lie, it’s sometimes a real struggle. But like Joseph, I know this isn’t the end of the story. I believe God will continue to redeem.
I don’t know what unfair situation you may be facing in life. You might be doing the right thing and yet you’re weary…frustrated…angry. The results may not be what you would expect. Friend, it is NOT the end of your story. God will redeem things. Sometimes it doesn’t happen in our timing or even in our lifetime. But in the end, all things are made right. That’s the beauty of God in the midst of an ugly situation—His Redemption.