Being Blessed in a Difficult and Unfair World

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

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Something the Lord taught me a long time ago, that has made my life much more functional, is to understand this: “Life is not fair.” Psalms 34:19 NKJV says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” What does this verse tell us? The bad news—many attacks come against good godly people. The good news—God WILL deliver you as you trust in Him, from them all.

Why do afflictions even happen to us in our life? Why do bad things happen to good people? That’s been one of the most asked questions of all times. It’s a question I have answered in Fresh Manna many times. Primarily for two reasons. First, because when we yield to sin, we open ourselves up to consequences that hurt and create pain in our life. But what about when bad happens and we did nothing wrong? The second reason will be over-simplified and a quick answer for today—but a good one! It’s because Satan is the god of this world. He hates all of God’s creation and all of mankind. He hates everything God has created. Satan has always worked to ruin and pervert the good God intended for our lives. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Jesus came into this earth not only to redeem us, but to teach us how to stand against and overcome the enemy of our soul and to teach us how to function as vessels of His love, bringing restoration to others. Jesus came to bring hope and good news to the poor in spirit, healing to the sick—those Satan has inflicted, and mercy to the sinner. He came to bring instruction and insight to the true character and love of God. He also came to take upon Himself, our punishment for the sins we’ve committed. He did so at the cross and in the belly of Hell. 1 John 3:8 says, “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus took our punishment and returned love to us for the rejection we showed Him. Talk about responding to what is unfair with love and turning our life from bad to good!

Life is not fair but, one day it will be. Read Revelation 21:1-5 NIV and you’ll get a glimpse through the veil of the unseen into our future. …now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away…” 

This is a day that every Christian looks forward to, but in the mean time, in this life, don’t try to look for fair. What I mean by that is this; I know that not every good thing I do is going to get the response I might hope for. I know that not everything I do for others is going to be noticed or appreciated. It would be easy to get discouraged when you aren’t appreciated or noticed for what you do that is good. Yet I am sure there have been many kind things done for me that I’ve not noticed or appropriately appreciated. I have learned not to depend on man for my validation or rewards. I purpose to do what I do with a rightly motivated heart and unto the Lord. I know that He notices everything and that He alone is my rewarder in all things and my defender in all trials. Colossians 3:23-24 NIV puts it like this. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Life on this earth may not seem fair, but, one day, God will make all things just and fair. Everything you’ve done and sown in life from a godly perspective and right heart, despite how others have responded, will receive its blessing and reward. Mark 9:41 (NIV) says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”  

God is watching and does care! He will respond to your right heart. As you believe the promise, He will defend you and turn what the devil meant for evil, for good. He will turn mourning into laughing. He will turn calamity into blessing! This is why Jesus said, “Be it done according to your faith.” Things may seem unfair, but the believer living the life of faith and trust will see God turn the unfair to blessing again and again. And so, remember this encouragement from God to defeat the feelings of Life isn’t fair.  Galatians 6:9 (NLT) “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”

Finally, remember the words of 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8 (NIV) “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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2 thoughts on “Being Blessed in a Difficult and Unfair World

  1. Thank you so much for “Life isn’t fair but God is”. Many have been my afflictions because I needed them. The Lord must surely have convicted my kindergarten teacher to place into my hand Psalm 121 when I was around 8 years of age and those words were surely bound onto my heart by the Holy Spirit. My mum died when I was 7 and my life developed into a confusing kaleidoscope of circumstances of suffering, joy, the successes of my youth, wonderful memories of a joy-filled childhood outside of the home and the evils of violence and horrendous ugliness of child abuse within.

    Strangely, I never felt I had been served up a “bum steer” by a God I did not know. I attended a local Methodist Church and loved the sermons there but the Gospel message eluded me. Of greater importance was attending a Bible class where I played the piano and gazed at the handsome Royal Navy Artificers who attended from Rosyth Dockyard Naval base. My darling daddy died when I was 16 and his death was an enormous relief to me. My stepmother ensured I left home two months later and my life began on my own at that time and so I left, determined to succeed and pleased to be rid of any constraints. I was so excited I could say exactly what I wanted and thought I had great ideas I was now free to air to anyone I believed would listen.

    Having been beaten – naked – left black and blue on many occasions, and believing that my dad would kill me – one day – I prayed to God for him to die and then he did, so I thought I could overcome anything. I never ever thought I was good or deserved anything. I firmly believed that if I was going to succeed then I had to work for it and sitting around grumbling about life’s circumstances never occurred to me.

    Over the years my life was so very complex and could not be explained in a few short paragraphs. It is all just too much. I have had five children, three girls and two boys and I loved giving birth. I have had to work to support my family. We moved 29 times and every time I thought things would get better – they never did of course because I took me along. My husband died in 2005 from Parkinsons with Lewy Body dementia.

    I married my best friend of more than 12 years – Mark – and our marriage is one, we believe, would bless the Lord. He disciplined us both in the intervening years and made us both ready for our marriage. We discovered why and how marriage was constructed by God – we in Him and He in us and all that this implies.

    I do belief today, my Mum introduced me to Jesus in a simple way, all those years ago; but I have had significant “God experiences” and a huge amount of discipline by my Abba Father – my real Daddy God.

    Four of my children, all now adults, are all unsaved and I do not see them. I am grateful for their extreme behaviours for this brought me to my knees. I placed them on a pedestal and God removed them one by one. I have had to let them go and pray for their salvation. They are rebellious, evil, New Agers, and demonised. My dearly beloved Duncan is on amphetamines and different from the beautiful child he once was; and Karen suffers from Schizophrenia. Only God can deal with their sin-riddled state in His time. Ecc 3. One son, who lives 30 miles away is married to my girlfriend Donna whom I brought to know Jesus 22 years ago. Clive is a carnal believer and is really the sort of Christian we should not even eat with.

    Through all these years of suffering, strife, joy, pain, worldly successes and spiritual abuse by churches I have faced with their false teaching, I do not feel God has been unfair to me. I never stop being grateful to God for the way He has rescued me out of so many scrapes. Sent His Heavenly messenger to me when I was on my knees to tell me of God’s love and prayed for me, directed me to a Christian who knew Zola Levitt and pointed the way out of the morass of false teaching, forgiven me for all my bad behaviour and healed me through an application of His Word and prayer. God’s Word works.


    • They you for your testimony. It demonstrates what I wrote as to the effort of the enemy’s effort to destroy our life, but God’s goodness always trying to reach us. Your story is heartbreaking in some ways but glorious in that it’s been redeemed as you live in His peace today. I will pray for your children. God bless you.


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