I think we all have, at one time or another, been treated unfairly by someone bigger than ourselves. When that happens, and because we are human, we start thinking about all the different things we can do about it because our legal or moral rights have been violated. In fact, some of you may be in that type of situation even as you are reading today’s blog, just like my wife and I are experiencing right now. If we happen to share our plight with others, we may get a wide variety of suggestions, very much like when we tell others about a certain ailment or condition; It seems like everyone has a solution. The truth is that there are many options we can rightfully avail ourselves of, but what is the best thing can we do in situations like these? Will it include speaking up and claiming our rights? Do we write letters, file a formal complaint, sue, or take someone to court? To me, the best thing we can do can be summed up in two words: Trust God!
This one thing is certain too: If we dwell on the unfair treatment we have received or the fact that we have been taken advantage of, we may lose sleep, be in a constant sour mood, even have our blood pressure rise to new and unsafe levels. The latter had been the case with me. On the other hand, we can trust God and wait upon Him. If we must complain, its best that we bring our complaint to Him and not to those around us. That’s what David did in Psalm 142. Verse 2 reads: “I poured out my complaint before Him; I shewed before Him my trouble.” David knew where his answer lay. That is why he also wrote: “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.” (Ps. 34:15) I suggest you read Psalm 142 at your earliest opportunity; it only has 7 verses. I trust you will see that David, like all of us at one time or another, was lamenting the unfair treatment he was receiving from others.
There are many promises in God’s Word for those who have been treated unjustly. If we dwell on them instead of our troubles, we will be content and have His peace, joy, and assurance in our hearts. On the day when Moses was slandered and treated unkindly by his own brother and sister, he basically said and did nothing. Not so the Lord! Perhaps you can revisit the story in Numbers, Chapter 12. My favorite five words in the chapter, and the ones which excite me, are these: “And the Lord heard it.” (vs. 2) In our case too, if we have been treated unfairly the Lord not only heard it, He saw it. And if He’s on our side……...
Memory verse for the week: (Psalm 103:6 NLT) “The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.”