Fighting for justice is something we applaud. But for most of us our power to right wrongs is quite limited. But what do we do when we confront injustice in our daily existence? Perhaps we are falsely accused. We are shunned for not participating in shady dealings. We are slighted. Perhaps our accomplishments are overlooked. Our honesty is used against us.
This verse makes clear that our primary goal should be to ensure we are living an obedient life. If we suffer for doing well, we should count it a win.
In the midst of difficulty, we still have agency to make our own choices, even in the midst of injustice. The unjust circumstances of this world can only hold us hostage if we let them.
We should expect difficult circumstances to come as a worldly reaction to faithfulness. This does not apply to self-inflicted wounds. When we fall, consequences provide a teaching opportunity. Rather, it applies to genuine godliness. God promises to give us power to endure persecution. When we adopt a true perspective, we will understand that God does not eliminate difficult circumstances, he gives us the power to overcome them.
“Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
– 2 Timothy 3:12