Fairness comes naturally to us. We are born with an inherent desire to treat ourselves right. A teacher asked one of the boys in her class, “If your mother gave you a large apple and a small one and told you to divide it with your brother, which would you give him?”

The child thought for a minute and said, “You mean my little brother or my big one?”

It’s only natural for us to pursue what we want, how and when we want it. But the test of fairness comes when someone or something interferes with our ambitions. A teammate explodes at you after you make a mistake on the court. A driver cuts you off on the way to work. A loved one suddenly passes away. Your fiancé calls off the engagement. You’re forced to foreclose on your home. You make an embarrassing error during a presentation at work.

It doesn’t take long to learn that life isn’t fair. People, circumstances, and even you will not always meet your expectations. Does this justify bitterness and resentment? Of course not. Then how should we respond when life takes an unexpected turn?

We need to change our thinking. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true . . . think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) When things go wrong, it’s easy to concentrate upon the circumstances when we should be concentrating on our Savior. That may seem like a trite, Sunday school answer, but it’s true. What is the truth about Jesus when you are experiencing hardships? Has He changed? Has He forsaken you? Is He no longer in control of the situation?

The fact is, Christ wants you to trust Him—even when life isn’t fair. Try it, and He’ll give you His unshakeable joy and peace.

[Christ] is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply the soul, mercy to pardon the soul, beauty to delight the soul, glory to ravish the soul, and fullness to fill the soul. — Thomas Brooks

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.