It's Not Fair

Steven Laman

READ : Joshua 17:12-18

How many of us act like the people of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, complaining that life is unfair! These people were complaining that their inheritance in the promised land was too small. I can sympathize with them because I too feel that sometimes life is not fair. It is not fair that I have to struggle to be understood. While almost everyone else walks through life, it is not fair that I have to crawl or use a wheelchair. Life is unfair!

When the people of Ephraim and Manasseh complained to Joshua, he did not try to make it more fair. Instead, he told them to go up into the forest and clear more land for themselves! I think Joshua knew that if the people would work on their own problem, they would be more satisfied with the outcome. I find that true in my own life. There are many tasks that are difficult for me, like dressing and eating, for example. However, if I work at those time-consuming tasks rather than call for help, I feel better because I accomplish them myself.

Sometimes we all complain like the people of Ephraim and Manasseh. At those times, let’s not just complain, but let’s take Joshua’s advice and find something to work on or improve. If we do, then instead of focusing on what is unfair, we will be focusing on what we can do to improve the situation.


Heavenly Father, when we complain about life, show us ways to make the situation better. In Jesus’ name. Amen.