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?
  • etc.

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?

Observations

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.

Conclusion

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.

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42 comments

  • Wow! I absolutely love this. I mean just a few months ago I was at a point where I questioned God and His existence in spite of my knowledge that He is the great “I AM!” Life was throwing me curve balls and I just felt He is unfair – a few months later I realise that He allowed all that happened to me for my benefit and to heal me because had He just saved me from the storms immediately as I expected I wouldn’t have learnt or grown from the experiences. I also would not have healed from past wounds. I always say to those who don’t believe in God – it is okay for them to not believe but when the time comes He will reveal Himself to them because many of us believe in Him not because we were taught or read about Him but because we FELT Him move in our lives and it would be at that point that one knows that only God could have brought the needed sudden turn of events when He did and at other times He takes away what we have to give us better and much greater things, for His intention is not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11) and when all else fails we ought to cry out to Him for we are what He considers His Masterpieces “Ephesians 2:10” – what more can one do than resort to the Manufacturer when any piece of art of machinery breaks in any way! Thank you for your much needed post!!!

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    • 👍👍👍… awesome… you’ve made a great, great, great comment. Thank you so much for taking time to visit, read and make such a thoughtful, positive and very very enlightening comment. your experiences—as related to GOD allowing things to happen, only for us to understand the reason later—is the same thing that has happened to me quite a number of times… I’m so familiar with it now, that I’m rest assured all things will continue to work together for my good…experiences like this make one to feel convinced that GOD is always moving in their life.

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  • Surely, GOD knows. Nice post!

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  • As usually a very good article, well written and analyzed!

    I will make it simple, it’s either we believe in God or we don’t. Once we do, we start to see things differently despite the ups and downs…
    I loved the questions that everybody asks and after these questions, we always hear the reply: “it’s God will” “it’s meant to be” and sometimes we just can’t accept especially when we see lot of injustice and suffer and darkness!
    This is why I said it’s either we believe or not. Because when we believe we’ll know that there is a bigger plan, bigger picture regardless our religion or how devout or godly we are …I believe in my own way despite the religious education I received, I never doubted the presence of God, or this external power… I believe that there must be something bigger than this shitty world we live in which as a Christian I can write books about it and why we should suffer and carry our cross, but I’m speaking just as a human being now
    I have an atheist friend, he once told me, if God exists then why a born child would have cancer or why he’ll allow that? What’s the point? One of the questions people ask of course and sometimes it’s hard to have logical answer but for sure there’s a good reason for everything.
    I enjoyed reading such valuable topic! Thank you for sharing

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  • Hi Ihagh G. T.,

    Many of us get stuck in old beliefs and ideas based on our circumstances.
    Some of us felt we had done such terrible things that God could never have anything to do with us.
    Thankfully God knows what He’s doing!
    We need to assure ourselves that God has not abandoned us.
    He has a plan for us to have a life of hope.
    Great post!

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    • 👍👍👍… That was a thoughtful comment: a good observation that I totally agree with. actually people are always stuck in the belief that if a person is bad, then bad things will happen to them, and the reverse is the case when people do good. however, good things still come across the paths of people who are bad, or even wicked, and many good people come across evil and challenging circumstances, repeatedly…and as you implied, in any circumstances we face, we need to remind ourselves that GOD knows what he is doing.
      Thanks so much for visiting, reading and commenting.

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  • “Birth on earth” is a powerful closing to such a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing 😀

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    • 👍👍👍… Thanks for reading and taking note of the concluding statement, a great point snd reality: “birth on earth is just the beginning of our eternal existence”. In all honestly, those words ring a lot of bells in my mind; and I hope it does the same in other people’s minds.

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  • Such a great post! Give you a lot to think about! If you would ever like to guest post we would love to have perspective on DailyPS.com!

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    • Thanks alot. I appreciate your visit and positive comment regarding the post. Honestly, I would like to guest post, but the issue is that I don’t have enough time, especially to write and publish many topics that are on my mind. However, I could plan for that later if I know the type of topics DailyPS.com would like to have perspectives on.

      It’s a pleasure to meet you on this platform.

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      • Great to meet you too! We have blogs in all topics so you can choose what you feel most passionate about at the time! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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        • Please, don’t mind me, but I would like to know whether there is/are any benefits attached to the guest blogging; is there any exposure, traffic, stipend, etc, or any other thing I stand to gain if I guest blog?

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  • Excellent! You would love the book, Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey, if you haven’t read it. 😁

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    • 👍👍👍… Thanks alot for your positive feedback, and also for visiting and reading. I haven’t read that book. From your impression, it seems it will be an interesting book to read. I hope I’ll able to see a free copy to download online. I will appreciate you can briefly highlight any major important points you learned from the book.

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      • The dilemma in the beginning is that so many people are disappointed with the seeming uncaring attitude of God in that he allows suffering without intervening. Then Yancey points out how, when God was close to Hid people, like in the Garden of Eden, and also in the wilderness, people basically acted like two year olds. Then he highlights the emotions God feels for His people. He also looks at Job and how it was a wager between God and the devil. You would definitely enjoy it. I downloaded it from Amazon, I don’t think it was free though. It couldn’t have cost much because with the Rand/ Dollar exchange rate, I can’t afford expensive books!

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        • It’s sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks alot for your spot-on summary of, probably, the major points.

          from reading what you’ve stated, I’m not surprised at the good reviews I’ve seen online after hunting for the book, which, as much as I’ve gathered, is likely not free.

          Thank you once again for visiting and making thoughtful comments and additions related the major message in the post.

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  • So many circumstances in my life have made me to ask questions but despite these circumstances, my believe and faith in God never wavers.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and making an inspiring comment. I’m glad that your faith is that intact: it never wavers—that’s a great spiritual quality which is rare in today’s world of problems and challenges.

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  • Very well written piece

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  • Yes, this life is but a miniscule dot on the full of our eternal existence. That’s a point to keep-bin mind as we ponder those unanswerable questions. I like your statement, “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.” Yes, jubilant expectation it is! Have a meaningful Holy Week! Thanks for stopping by JanBeek and leaving your calling card! 👍🏽❤️

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  • Gratitude for sharing this … a beautiful truth and insight into why things here happen … I truly believe the Big Bang as we all know it was GOD getting bored and he burst forth out into the universe into billions and billions of lights which make up the lights we are .. a little spark we planned .. everything comes together through shifts along the way .. and each time our life on earth moves on our journey back to our true home we report back to GOD power before the light that is us goes through it all again after deciding what we need to learn in the next journey on earth .. there cannot be karma just more lessons to get it right and learn to LOVE . And share from everything you have remembered because there is always a point of remembering .. thanks for your light here namaste ✨🙏❤️🧚🏾‍♀️..

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    • 👏👏👏… thank you for your spiritually enlightening and thoughtful comments, especially the one on karma (what I call “payback”). I agree with you that there is no payback; only lessons to get things right on our eternal journey which in my opinion, will continue to be very adventurous and educative. I appreciate your visit, and very insightful comments.

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  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky had a great influence on me as a school girl. I’ll quote the most disturbing question of my childhood.
    In The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan doubts his faith in God due to the suffering of children. Ivan tells Alyosha about an illegitimate child who ends up working for shepherds who don’t even allow him to eat the mash for the pigs. They overwork him until he turns into yet another bitter and corrupt being. Ivan continues with a story about a seven year old girl, a “poor, defenseless creature”(Brothers Karamazov, book V/ch.IV) who is constantly beaten by her mother. Another five year old is forced to sleep outside and eat excrement. Then Ivan questions Alyosha’s faith in God:

    Can you understand why a little creature, who can’t even understand what’s done to her, should beat her little tormented breast with her tiny fist in that vile place, in the dark and the cold, and weep her sanguine meek, unresentful tears to dear, kind God to protect her? (Brothers Karamazov, book V/ch.IV)

    These innocent children become victims of unnecessary torture, but have no choice but to helplessly bear the pain…..

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    • I felt sad reading all the bad experiences that prompted Ivan’s doubts, but I still want to reinforce the fact that Ivan and many other people still dont know about the workings of GOD in the hidden world, and other worlds existing before we were born.

      On the other hand, does Ivan and other people know that some illegitimate children who worked for shepherds still overcame all the suffering, grew in their faith in GOD, and became a great light to other people who didn’t believe in GOD—even though they were born into richer and more fortunate circumstances?

      Have you read about little Joseph who was sold into slavery by his own brothers, who were spearheaded by the elder brothers?

      Does Ivan know that there are poor, defenseless girls who were less than seven years old, and constantly beaten by their mothers, but who overcame all that, kept their faith in GOD intact, and still became great lights to the world?

      In fact, there are circumstances worse than all that you’ve stated; but despite how tough the circumstances were, the children or people involved, kept their cool, and made it through.

      Doesn’t this tell you that human spirit has the power to overcome any circumstance? Those who are fully aware, know that GOD gave all of us that power.

      Another thing people might not know is the fact that GOD’s design of this world didn’t make it to be void of challenges, like heaven is. People need to get that into their brains. We have to buckle up and put up with reality of this world of problems.

      In case you don’t know, all of the greatest people had their fair share of problems, even the greatest prophets.

      Last, but not the least among what I want to state, is something believers in GOD either, hate to hear, or don’t believe in, but which life experiences, and testimonies from too many sources, local and international—the topic of reincarnation. Although not everyone believes in it, open-minded can’t throw it completely under the carpet.

      When certain discussions get to this extent, I just have to bring up the topic because it could be a possibility, even though it hasnt yet been proven and accepted worldwide.

      If reincarnation does really exist, then it would answer most of questions related to why people were born in unfortunate circumstances or not.

      If reincarnation really exists, it would answer most cases related to the ones you stated, because the law of karma would give everyone back what they once sowed, either, before they came to life, or after they were born.

      As a christian, with a background void of any belief in reincarnation (which Jesus might have referred to when he related John the Baptist with Elijah), I don’t like indulging in certain topics that could actually be a reality, although not widely accepted—reincarnation is one of such topics.

      I won’t delve into it after this comment, but I know other inquisitive and open-minded people, believers and unbelievers alike, who have had their share of experiences, wont just throw the topic into the dustbin.

      Thank you for visiting, reading, and prompting me to unfold an important aspect of life that some religions and people might not want to hear about, but which looks like an obvious reality because many people with spot-on accuracy have proven that they, or others, once had a past life, in the near or remote past.

      Funny enough, if its true they did live, no one knows for sure, how they lived and how they behaved towards their fellow humans. No one knows the seeds they sowed, but which could be hunting them ages later.

      Take for instance, a man like Adolf Hitler: if he reincarnated later and faced all the evils you mentioned, as a reborn child, then would you say justice wasn’t served after he ordered the killing of about 6 million Jews?

      So, my friend, let us not delve into issues that GOD knows far much more about than we do. In Jeremiah 1:5, it is quite clear that GOD knew us before we were born. It’s either, he knew us on a clean slate, or he knew us on a dirty slate, or a combination of both.

      Whichever way, let us man-up, be positive about our conditions, and with GOD on our side, nothing will bring us down—NOTHING.

      Thank you.

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      • Dear friend, thank you for your answer!
        I strongly believe that human beings have power to overcome any circumstances. I have faith in human goodness even when i doubt it! Life can be hard and
        doubts are human response.
        Alyosha Karamazov is great caracter who answers to our doubts.
        And about faith: great quote of M. l. King
        “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
        Happy Easter, dear frend!

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        • Your welcome. I really appreciate your visit, along with the issues and questions raised in your first comment. They unbottled some deep things about life, which, although haven’t been accepted worldwide, could give a bit of clarity if duly considered.

          It’s inspiring to see that, even though you are aware about how difficult life can be, your comment above still ended with positivity, and an important motivational Martin Luther quote.

          Thanks for all your time and comments. I wish you happy Easter too.

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          • Thank you for understanding! You are kind person and that’s beauty of life.
            That’s make me happy.
            Keep writing!
            (“If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept because you will gain one friend.”
            Saint Augustine)
            🙏

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