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New Life Daily Devotion - Jan. 16, 2010

  • 2018 Jan 16

An Unfair World
Genesis 39

We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.

There are times when life treats us unfairly. We may protest the injustices, fall victim to self-pity, give in to a why-even-try kind of mentality, or sink into depression. We are invited to leave the injustices we experience in the hands of God.

If there's anyone in history who can complain of unfair treatment, it's Joseph. He was one of eleven brothers, the favorite of his father. In their jealousy, the ten older brothers sold Joseph as a slave into Egypt. Once a slave, Joseph devoted himself to doing a good job for his master and was quickly promoted. He was then propositioned by his master's wife, and when he refused her, was falsely accused of rape by this vindictive woman. Thrown into prison with no hope of release, he again did his best. He was soon running the administration of the whole prison. In the end, Joseph was freed and promoted to be prime minister of Egypt. In this position he was able to confront and forgive the brothers who had sold him into slavery so many years before (Genesis 37-45).

It takes courage and wisdom to maintain a healthy attitude when life isn't fair. This comes from trusting that God will take up our cause and vindicate us, as he has promised. We can't change the fact that we live in an imperfect world, where things aren't as they should be. Turning these matters over to God can help us change our response to the injustices of life and continue to focus on our recovery rather than remaining a victim.

Looking at circumstances brings despair; looking to God brings hope for recovery.



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