Today’s Scripoture: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; Hebrews 11:33-37

 “Mommy, that’s not fair!” exclaimed Micah. “How come I have to go to bed, but Christina gets to stay up?”

“Christina is older and can stay up later,” explained his mother. “When you’re older and can handle more responsibility, you can stay up later, too. But, Micah, you need to learn we don’t always get to do the things others do.”

Sometimes we may wonder why God works the way He does. He is willing to use each and every one of us, but He works His plans through very different means. We cannot expect to receive all the blessings or opportunities that He gives to others, but we can expect the same level of faithfulness in our lives.

As we read through the list in Hebrews 11 of incredible deeds these mighty men and women wrought through their faith in God, we see that He did not work the same way for all of these people of faith. We read that they, through faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, and obtained promises. Some escaped the edge of the sword, some were made strong out of weakness, and some waxed valiant in fight. However, we also read that some were tortured; others had mockings and scourgings. Some had imprisonment, and others were stoned, sawn asunder, and slain with the sword.

We might look at situations in our lives and question God’s fairness and faithfulness, but God is not at fault. At times, His plan may be better accomplished through the sufferings we face than through miraculous deliverance. Let’s not question the ways He uses; instead, remember He has it all under control. When life seems unfair, think about God’s faithfulness.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder