"Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, 'These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.'" -Matthew 20:11&12
Have you ever been passed up for a promotion? Have you ever seen someone less qualified than you get promoted or receive a blessing? Has anyone ever received something you thought you deserved?
These types of situations can be difficult. We can question God's goodness in these moments. We can easily fall into blame - blaming our supervisor, blaming God, blaming the situation; we may even blame ourselves. "Why am I not good enough to have that?" we may say. It is in these moments of feeling betrayed that God can do His greatest work in our hearts.
Life is not fair, but God is still just. When someone receives something we thought we were meant to have, we have to realize how God's kingdom works. "The first will be last, and the last will be first," it says in Matthew chapter 20, verse 16.
During these moments, God tests what's in our heart. Will He find jealousy and pride? Or will He find generosity, a loving spirit, and a desire to bless others? God uses these moments to reveals what's in us, to see if we come forward as gold, or if our attitudes become sour and our hearts disfigured. One of the most important things in life is to keep our hearts pure before God, and most of all, to find security in His love. We often have to become "last", a servant of all, to be great in God's kingdom.
Has anyone ever been promoted before you? Have you ever been jealous of someone else's success? Decide to bless others in the midst of their promotion, remain thankful for what you have now, and create the fertile ground for blessing to grow in your life when the time is right.