“It’s not fair!” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard those words from my kids. It’s not fair that she got the bigger piece. It’s not fair that he got a new toy. And even though they are now grown and have several years of dealing with unfairness under their belts, I still hear it every once in awhile. Sometime, I confess, I say it myself.
Have you said these words to your mom or dad? Have you said them to yourself? It’s not fair that I have to move to a different house. It’s not fair that my friends have both a mom and dad to drive them around. It’s not fair that mom or dad spend more time or money on other kids. It’s not fair that my dad or mom have to worry about how to pay the bills.
You’re right. It isn’t fair. But God reminds us that although life often isn’t fair, He is. He gave His only Son so that the sins of ALL may be forgiven. He is no respecter of persons. He wants everyone to come to salvation. God makes the rain to fall and the sun to shine on both the good and the bad. His grace and His mercy are available for all.
Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:5-7 (NLT)
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” Matthew 5:44-45 (NLT)
Do you sometimes wonder if God sees what is going on? How can He let this situation continue? Can’t He see how unfair it is?
Yes, God does see and God does care. He is just as interested in fairness as you are. He loves His children and He loves families. He wants moms and dads saved and families restored. He wants children raised with two parents in a home that glorifies Him. He wants all His children to be treated with fairness.
Jesus told a parable about fairness to his disciples. He recounted the story of a widow woman who was pleading for justice from a corrupt judge. She came before that judge repeatedly, asking to be treated fairly. Again and again the judge turned her away but again and again she came back. Her persistence paid off. She was granted justice.
“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.” Luke 18:7-8a
Did this widow woman give up when life wasn’t fair? Did she quit praying when things didn’t go her way? Did she cry out to the judge, “It’s not fair” and then just walk away? No. She took her cause before him time and time again. She persisted in prayer despite circumstances that looked impossible. And these impossible circumstances were turned around for her good.
I know that there are many things happening in your life right now that just aren’t fair. And I know how much this hurts. But I also know that our Lord is a God of justice. He has special plans for your family and is working even now to bring those plans about. He is moving things around in the heavenlies to see that justice is done. He is a fair God and He loves you and nothing is ever going to change that, no matter how unfair things might seem right now. So keep on praying, keep on persisting, keep on believing. Our God is faithful.
For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. Psalm 33:4-5 (NLT)
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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