Life isn’t fair … but God is faithful. You can spend all the days of your life trying to make sense of nonsense and it still won’t make sense. You could also spend all the days of your life searching for God’s faithfulness and you will find it in abundance. He never promised it would be fair. He never promised it would be easy. He promised it will be worth it.

God never said we wouldn’t experience loss, or failure, or death, or pain. He never said that things would always go our way, that we would always know where to go, or that our road would be perfectly smooth.

Anyone’s road a bumpy, pot hole filled, hot mess of exploding chaos? Anyone questioning why this can’t just calm down and be easier? Is there anyone who feels it’s not fair, not right, and you’re not sure what to do to make it right again? Sis, you’re not alone. Sometimes things just suck.

And it’s okay to be honest and say what a total disappointment this part of your journey is proving to be. It’s not what you wanted and it’s not what you like … but this isn’t where you’re staying. You’re just passing through here. God is leading you beyond this. You don’t have to stay stuck in the suck.

While God didn’t promise everything to always be easy and smooth sailing, he did promise that he would be forever standing by our side, forever carrying us through the hardest seasons, forever arms outstretched leaning into us. What he did say was that in every season of brokenness, He would bring hope, strength and truth. He did say his mercies would be new for you this morning.

And here they are. God has been faithful.

In Genesis we read of a woman who was kicked out of her home by the people she loved and trusted. Her name was Hagar. Perhaps you know her story as the servant of Sarah who was used for a child when Sarah and Abraham couldn’t have children of their own. Hagar has a baby with Abraham and Sarah. She is used to give them what they wanted when they wanted it. But then, God miraculously opens the geriatric womb of Sarah and gives them their miracle baby.

But guess what that meant for Hagar … that meant she and her son represented a problem. They were a constant reminder to Abraham and Sarah of their own screw up, so they kicked her out of the house. Hagar had to be saying, “well, this sucks!”

None of this was fair in any way. But once again, life isn’t always fair. I’ve seen good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people and I can’t give you the reasoning behind it. We can get caught up in the blame game and be victims for the rest of our days, or we can gain a new perspective.

Are you ready for a new perspective on your unfair situation today? Are you ready to be enlightened to see the answer right in front of you?

Let’s pick back up in the story. Hagar has been kicked out unfairly. She’s now wandering around in the desert, out in the middle of nowhere with nothing. The bread and water had ran out and her son was dying. She cried out to God and God does something miraculous. The Bible says, in Genesis 21:19, “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water, and she went and gave the boy a drink.” Do you see that? God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water.

Her eyes were opened.

I have to wonder if the answer to our problem isn’t right in front of us, but we’re not seeing it. Our perspective is wrong. Our focus is off. We need God to open our eyes so we can see.

The truth is, we’re incapable of finding the answers to our problems on our own. Like Hagar, we desperately need God. That’s his plan. He doesn’t want you to be able to live life well without him.

He is using the very problem you face today to bring you closer to him. The more you fight it and try to come up with the solutions on your own, the harder it’s going to be. You need God. I need God.

Hagar had the solution right in front of her, it was a well of water, but she couldn’t see it until God opened her eyes and helped her see from a different perspective.

That’s what I need today. I need God to open my eyes and help me see from a different perspective. Is that what you need? There are resources right in front of you, but you’re not seeing them. You’ve been dealing with this problem for so long now, what you need is to see with a new light. God is that light. He can illuminate every area of darkness and confusion in your life. Have you asked him to shine his light on this problem so you can see better?

You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Everything you do or don’t do today is part of your problem or your solution. Everything you think today will be part of your problem or your solution. Everything you say today will either be part of your problem or your solution. So what an incredible filter it would be today to stop and catch yourself and ask if what you’re doing, saying, or thinking is part of your problem or solution.

We need God to send down his light of illumination and help us see what’s right in front of us. The solution is right in front of us and so is the problem. We can’t go through today blindly stumbling about and accidentally continuing to be part of our own problem. It may be accidental, but sister it’s still going to wreck havoc on your life if you keep stumbling in that pot hole.

Will you be bold enough to ask God where you are part of the problem? Oh, that’s a bold prayer. Will you ask God to open your eyes to the solutions all around you, then when you see the solutions go get in the middle of it. Be an active participant in the solution.

Hey, if your health is spiraling out of control, or your marriage is in turmoil, or you’re living in chaos, what are you going to do today? You can’t always make it right, but you can always make it worse. Girl, don’t make it worse. God, don’t let us make it worse.

Or maybe there’s no major chaos but little by little things are just getting worse. The slide is ever so gradual, but you know you’re not getting any better. Hey, whatever your situation is, you have a choice. Ask God to open your eyes to what is right in front of you.

Hagar was in the middle of the most unfair situation of her life. An unjust hardship and struggle caused by someone else’s wrong doing. But God had given her precisely what she needed, and it was right in front of her. He simply opened her eyes to see it.

I have to wonder what God has placed right in front of us, but we haven’t had the eyes to see it. I wonder what supernatural provision is here for us, we just haven’t been seeing it. If we focus on how unfair this is, we miss seeing God’s faithful blessing intended for us.

May your situation be illuminated today. May there be a different light to help you see what you’ve never seen before. Even while it’s unfair. Even while it’s wrong. There’s something SO RIGHT here.

Illumination, it’s light in a dark world. It’s light in a dark problem. Do you need some light today? Do you need some guidance here? Do you need God to open your eyes to be part of the solution and keep you from being part of the problem? Ask him. He is faithful.

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