How do you deal with the success of others? Or, put another way, when the Lord is overwhelmingly generous to others around you, what is the evidence of His delight in you?

When God’s treatment of you seems unfair, what are a couple of lessons about God’s character from this parable that you can rely on to help you through that time?


The grace of God is love freely shown toward guilty sinners, contrary to their merit and indeed in defiance of their demerit. It is God showing goodness to persons who deserve only severity and had no reason to expect anything but severity.  –J.I. Packer

We must put away our convenient notions of God—the one who always agrees with us, the one who always favors our nation or political agenda, the one who feeds us candy and never vegetables. –Adam McHugh