Do you ever compare your circumstances with someone else and silently complain to the Lord? Israel complained openly; “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?” (Ezekiel 18:25). When Jesus was putting Peter through a very personal and difficult exam, Peter said; “Lord, what about this man (referring to John)” (John 21:21). To Peter, it seemed very unfair that John did not receive the same test.
Was it fair that James is killed and Peter is miraculously released from prison (Acts 12:1-11)? If we trace the life of Joseph, we see a man who loved God with devotion and integrity, but was made to endure the most severe punishment imaginable (Genesis 39-41). From God’s point of view, it was further training (discipline) for what still lay ahead.
Asaph was “thoroughly disillusioned and cried in his distress: “But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling; my steps had almost slipped…Until I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end” (Psalm 73:2, 17). Job’s reactions [to his sufferings] were those of a mature man of God. His intimacy with God enabled him to stand in the evil day. His steadfast loyalty to God silenced Satan in his design to discredit God. Job’s reaction was not that of cold fatalism but of sublime faith. When the challenge came, he had his answer ready.” (1)
Stop comparing yourself with others or others with yourself (see 2 Corinthians 10:12). It steals the attention you need on what God is doing in you for His ultimate glory and the blessing of others.
(1) J. Oswald Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, Discovery House, 2000, page 99-100.
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