The sad truth is that life, for almost all of history, has been unfair. This is simply a reality of living in a world corrupted by sin. It’s also a reality experienced firsthand by a remnant of godly people living in Judah at the time of Jerusalem’s fall. We are told by prophets like Habakkuk that a contingency of faithful followers still resided in Judah at the time. Unfortunately, the righteous would suffer along with the unrighteous. Despite the unfairness of the situation, the godly remnant was encouraged to live by faith with joy in the midst of suffering.
The Bible is clear that believers will face suffering (see John 16:33; Acts 14:22; 2 Tim. 3:12; 1 Pet. 4:12-14). The question then becomes for us, “How will we respond to suffering?” Our sinful nature desires to respond with anger, bitterness, and cynicism. But in the power of the Holy Spirit, we are given strength to respond with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
When life deals you an unfair hand, how can you continue walking by faith with joy in the midst of suffering?