The path of goodness is often difficult and very lonely. And many times we wonder if our costly obedience is worth it.
We know we’re not perfect, but we’ve committed to doing what’s right the best we can.
And we know this journey comes with many challenges, but we still long for authentic fellowship and encouragement along the way. It’s hard to look around and feel utterly alone on the path we’ve chosen.
But perhaps what stings the most is to see others living a life of ease despite their carelessness toward doing what’s right.
And even when we remember God’s justice prevails in the end, a certain resentment can build in witnessing God’s redeeming grace toward others.
Like the older brother in the prodigal son story, we grow bitter when we see others waste God’s goodness and yet still get celebrated in the end. It seems like they get to have their cake and eat it too.
And so why deny ourselves if grace will cover us in the end?
To be sure, everyone has their own story and we rarely know the full burdens others must bear.
But beyond our natural temptation to compare, the heart of the issue seems to be a deep longing to know our efforts also matter.
And, in many respects, this is a cry for intimacy – to be seen, known, and affirmed personally as we live faithfully with God.
But like the older brother, we must have the eyes to see the abundance God has poured out in our lives.
Of course the question will still arise. But we must always let God’s faithfulness answer the question and not our dim picture into the lives of others.
In short, we do good because God is good and our faith will be rewarded.
Don’t lose heart. God sees and blesses.