The mystery behind unequal allocation of talents & circumstances: God knows what he’s doing
We know that each person is born into either, fortunate circumstances, or unfortunate circumstances. Also, fortunate and unfortunate circumstances show up during each person’s life, and each person is given different talents, opportunities or challenges, which will either lift them up, or bring them down.
The difference in distribution of talents and circumstances at birth, and during the journey of life, could make people ask whether there is any justice behind fortune or misfortune at birth, and during the course of life.
Why does it seem that there is gross arbitrariness in the allocation of circumstances/situations and talents, especially when GOD is considered to be just, impartial and perfect in the way he goes about things?
Why are some people more fortunate than others?
Questions. Questions, and more questions. In fact, endless questions:
- Why are some children born into rich families, while others are born into families that live in misery and bitter poverty?
- If there is any divine justice, why do some new born babies have hereditary diseases? Are they bearing the sins of their parents?
- If the parents of a child deserve punishment, is it fair for punishment (or death, in some cases) to be transferred to their child?
- Why must an innocent child suffer?
These questions and many others, too many to mention, are usually asked by so many people.
Then, why should anyone believe in divine justice?
Even people who have complete belief in GOD, still rack their brains with questions about the quality of justice behind certain circumstances people were/are born into, or acquired/acquire during their journeys through physical life.
Even the statement that “all things work together for good”, does not answer many questions satisfactorily.
The thoughts/ways of GOD our creator, are different from ours
It might be a good idea to remind everyone (especially those who believe in GOD) about relevant scriptures that deserve to be mentioned in this article, because of the great light they shed:
- Isaiah 55:8―9 states: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD; For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”.
- Job 37:23 states: “Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict”.
- Psalm 82:3 states: “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy”.
Inasmuch as we might agree or disagree that GOD has power, plenty of justice, and defends the poor and fatherless—as the second and third scriptures state—it will be easier for us to agree that GOD’s thoughts and ways are far higher than ours—just as the first scripture states.
- John 4:24 states: “God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.
This scripture likely implies that belief in GOD places a responsibility on us to believe in the spirit and truth of the reality of the obvious gap between GOD’s thoughts/ways, and our own thoughts/ways.
We should learn to accept some things that this brief life has offered us, and wait in jubilant expectation of complete knowledge and understanding of the greatness of the eternal life that is coming.
What about a glance at circumstances from GOD’s perspective?
GOD is definitely invisible. His thoughts and ways are also definitely invisible. His home and vicinity are invisible as well!
Even most parts of the vast physical cosmos outside of our world, are also invisible. So there are many invisible worlds which a lot of people—especially those who grumble about the workings of GOD—do not know anything about.
If grumblers, doubters, or non-believers could glance into the invisible world and observe the wonderful and eternal work of GOD’s spirit, as it empowers both visible and invisible parts of creation, they would stop grumbling; they will be filled with shame at their wrong presumptuous thoughts and attitudes.
If grumblers were capable of viewing life from GOD’s heavenly and spiritual part of creation, they would likely bow to the greatness and infallibility of what that they would see.
Then, and only then would grumblers accept that they’ve been completely wrong in the way they have imagined GOD’s thoughts and ways to be.
Then, and only then would grumblers accept that the highest earthly conceptions of GOD’s thoughts and ways only belittle GOD’s omnipotence, and depreciate the value of his great works.
We shall understand the reasons for everything when we get over to the other side
A look, at yet another important scripture: 1st Corinthians 13:12 states: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”.
Everything might look gloomy today. There are too many questions about life might never get any answers—NEVER.
However, irrespective of any condition, there is definitely a good reason, beyond our wildest imaginations, why GOD allowed/has allowed us to be born into fortunate or unfortunate circumstances, and with few or many talents.
There is no injustice; rather, there are reasons why we are given different qualities and quantities of talents, and born into fortunate or unfortunate circumstances.
We might not be able to understand now, but when this short life is over and we get to the other side of life, where spirituality is the currency, we will understand everything!
Questions that GOD has for you
Even though GOD is not here to speak for himself, his word still speaks on his behalf, and it will be spiritually beneficial to contend with some of the questions GOD asked Job when it seemed Job was grumbling too much.
After all, these questions are still relevant and can stir up some spiritual insight that mankind needs in today’s world. The questions, which can be seen in Job chapter 38, between verses 1 and 8, were part of the discussion GOD had with Job:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
- Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
- Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the Earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
- Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
- Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
Those who are familiar with the story of Job know that Lucifer (Satan, the Devil) was the one who instigated Job’s problems in the invisible world, after he (Lucifer) communicated with GOD.
Also, GOD allowed Job to have problems in order to prove to Lucifer that Job’s worship of GOD wasn’t only because of the wealth GOD had given him (Job).
Even if GOD had decided not to reverse Job’s misfortunes back into fortunes, Job’s misfortunes are not adequate standards that should be used to judge the validity and quality of GOD’s justice.
For those of us who believe in GOD, eternity and eternal life, we know that each person’s life on Earth is only a very tiny part of our eternal existence.
Also, we know that none of us were there when GOD laid the foundations of the Earth—and all the worlds in the universe.
And although we were not there, we believe that GOD measured the Earth’s foundations and stretched a line upon it, as he said.
Also, we believe that GOD is the only being capable of fastening the Earth’s foundations, and shutting up the sea with doors when they brake forth.
Not only that; we believe that GOD powers the whole universe, along with all the visible, invisible, living and non-living things in each part of it.
I’m sure that, like Job, most of us make a lot of assumptions about GOD without having adequate knowledge and understanding.
GOD’s ways and justice system shouldn’t be judged on the basis of fortunate and unfortunate circumstances in one Earth-life—be it 100 years, 80 years…1 day, or even zero days. It doesn’t matter.
What many people don’t know, or might have forgotten, is that birth on Earth is just the beginning of our eternal existence.