Life Isn't Always Fair; Our Strength Comes During Struggles

Lyndia Grant | 1/30/2013, 12:07 p.m.

In the Bible, the book of Genesis, chapter 37, there's an interesting story about Joseph and how his brothers were jealous of him and the love his father showed him by making Joseph an elaborate colorful coat; read the story. For many reasons, envy got the best of them, so they sold him to the Ishmeelites for 20 pieces of silver. Here's how they did it.

They take Joseph to Egypt and sell him to Potiphar, captain of the guard; and because of Joseph's faithfulness and his gift of interpreting dreams; Joseph was able to help the king to understand an extremely worrisome vision. Because of this one spiritual act, which worked, the king rewarded Joseph by making him second in command.

Eventually, due to a drought throughout the land, Joseph's brothers had to flee their homeland and go to the Ishmeelites for help. Not knowing it was their brother Joseph, who they appeared before, they were shown mercy. Joseph forgave his brothers, and he helped them.

God is with us when life seems unfair - he sees our struggles - He didn't leave Joseph. We must remember that He is always with us, as we pray, as we rely on Him, and as we do our level best. We are serving the Lord, not man.

God doesn't guarantee that we will never, ever be treated unfairly, but He does guarantee that, no matter what happens, He will be there to help us and to guide us.

If we practice praying without ceasing, and always do our best and stay connected to Him, and maintain a clear conscience about our actions, God will help us to endure - we will see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will definitely be victorious, just like Joseph.

What unfair treatment are you experiencing right now? Pray about it, and stay connected to God - no matter how dire the situation appears. We are shaped into the person we become from the moment of our conception. Jeremiah 1:5 says it best. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."

You've probably read the butterfly story, and how its wings got clipped. But, let me share this popular story with you again. One day, a man found a cocoon of a butterfly. He watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through a little hole. When, it appeared as if the butterfly could go no further - the man intervened.

The man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste didn't understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the tiny opening happened to be God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. The process would enable the butterfly to be ready for flight once it emerged from the cocoon.

When others help us at a time when God is shaping and molding us to be stronger, so we can be what he needs us to be, they have no idea what God has in mind for us, so they cripple our dreams, they stifle us. Remember, the struggles in life cause us to become stronger, more courageous, and to be able to develop our own wings and fly.

Lyndia Grant is a radio talk show host on WYCB-AM, Fridays at 6 p.m. Call 202-518-3192; send emails to lyndiagrant@gmail.com.