When My Head is Bowed: Embracing Faith through Unfairness

Published on Oct 30, 2023

Psalm 37:7
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Life is unfair! How often have we said this ourselves or heard someone say it? Unfairness in life is real.

Young Joseph’s life was going great, but not for too long. His dad, Jacob, loved Joseph more than all his children. But that made his brothers hate him. To add to that, Joseph had dreams. Dreams that show him in a position of authority above his family. Joseph tells his brothers his dreams and they envied him (Genesis 37:3 -11). All that hate and envy lands Joseph in a dried-up well, gets him sold as a slave to Potiphar, and finally lands him in prison. All of a sudden, Joseph goes from being the favored son to the hated brother and a slave in a foreign land.

Now, what did Joseph do to deserve all this? Nothing much really. It sure seemed like life was not fair to him. He ends up suffering and bearing the brunt of other people’s bad choices and behavior. Joseph had every reason to have questions, to be angry, at his brothers, even at God, maybe.

And yet, we know that Joseph trusted God above all else. He stayed faithful, be it in the palace or the prison. And the Lord lifted him. Through his unwavering faith in God and his remarkable capacity for forgiveness, Joseph displayed the relentless love of his faith. He acknowledged the divine providence of God’s hand, understanding that even in the most challenging circumstances, he remained under God’s divine rule (Genesis 50:19-20).

When my head is bowed

And tears unstopped flow

And all I can think and see

Is the injustice done to me

Open my eyes, Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

When at me fly accusations daily

Slander and gossip are constant company

When life seems too hard to bear

And I am stooped in despair

Open my eyes, Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

When doubt and fear are my regular stalkers

And confusion refuses to leave my side

When I am done, can take it no longer

And all I want to do is run and hide

Open my eyes, Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

Yes Lord help me remember

You are my God truly sovereign

And nothing in my life does enter

Outside of your loving perfect plan

So open my eyes Lord, help me see

That You have a marvelous plan for me

And will not stop until You see

Your reflection in a sinner, such as me!

Life is not always fair. We too have times when we face painful realities for no fault of ours, but rather caused by the wrong choices of those around us. And we have a choice to make. We can either complain ‘life is not fair’, feel sorry for ourselves, be angry and bitter with God and all around us, or we can choose to trust God’s sovereignty and stay faithful where we are, waiting on Him as He brings beauty out of the suffering and the ashes, mirroring in us, His beauty and purpose.

What is your choice today? Will you choose to praise Him in the storm?

Help me Lord, like Joseph, to stay faithful where You have placed me, trusting in Your loving perfect will.

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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