The guest on my blog today is one of my favorite bloggers and a dear friend. Grace will be sharing with us a special article on how life isn't fair...but that's really okay. I know you'll be blessed by reading and I'd love for you to drop a comment at the bottom to let Grace know what you think! <3
It happened again.
The deadly plague of jealousy and discontentment struck me one night when I found out about something special a friend of mine was going to get to do. I immediately became agitated.
Why does she get to do that? Why not me?
Deep down in the pit of my heart, I was grumbling, that’s not fair!
Ah. But such is life.
Growing up, my mom always said, “Life isn’t fair.” Over and over again, I’ve watched it play out in life. Life is not fair, and that is a truth that many of us struggle to accept. I mean, it just doesn’t sound very right, does it? If God really loves us all equally… why do some get privileges and others don’t?
For instance, why did some of God’s faithful servants in the Hall of Faith overcome overwhelming obstacles and see God perform miracles, while others had to plug through life with seemingly never-ending trials (Hebrews 11:32-38)? Why do some get happy endings and some get sad ones? Why does so-and-so get married but her friend remains single?
On and on we whine, why, why, why?
But again and again we have to remind ourselves, life isn’t fair.
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe life isn’t fair because God never intended life to be about fairness? Let’s think about this for a minute.
Do you think it was very “fair” of God to send His only Son to the earth to die a death for sinners… when He was absolutely blameless?
Mercy trumps justice.
Now, this doesn’t mean that we should throw all law and justice out the window, but keep in mind that God gave us the law because He wanted us to realize that we are humanly incapable of keeping it and are therefore totally dependent on His mercy to save us.
We know that God loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to the world to die for us (John 3:16), and through that He gained victory over death and provided for us an eternal hope.
There’s no reason that God should show us such love and mercy! We were the ones that turned from God and sinned against Him. In terms of fairness, there was no obligation for the Lord to pursue us. But yet He did.
The Lord is just, and one day He will judge; there’s no doubt about it. But being a God of mercy, He wanted to give us a way of escape. A way of hope. Even though we were totally and utterly undeserving.
I could argue that there’s no reason my friend deserves the privilege she got that I don’t also deserve. But the truth is, life isn’t fair.
Jesus has said that there is no temptation known to man that He did not also know on this earth (Hebrews 4:15). And I don’t know any one more deserving – and least receiving – of fairness than Jesus. What a weighty temptation that would have been!
But yet, we know the end of the story. God was faithful to raise His Son up. Everything worked out for good (Romans 8:28); the most beautiful goodness. What Christ accomplished is the epitome of goodness. Fairness? Nope. But goodness? But mercy? But kindness? YES.
Life is not about fairness. And that’s OK.
Life is about glorifying God and serving Him with each breath we take. It’s about showing God’s love to others. It’s about spreading the gospel and making disciples. It’s about enjoying our Lord forever. We get only one life before we are sealed into eternity.
Life is too short to worry about fairness.
Dear Jesus, You know everything; nothing is hidden from You. You know when I’m tempted to become jealous and dissatisfied because life doesn’t seem fair. But yet, You were treated unfairly. You were mocked, and slandered, and betrayed, and oppressed. You endured incomprehensible cruelty for MY sake. You were treated so unfairly to save someone who didn’t even deserve it. Oh, to be like Thee! I don’t need fairness; YOU are all I need. Help me find my satisfaction and my joy in You alone. Fill my heart with Your love, that I may give it to others. Thank you, Jesus, for paying such a price for me. Thank you that You can see past our words and into our souls, because words cannot begin to express what our hearts contain. You are worthy of my love and praise. Make my life an alleluia! In Your precious Name I pray, Amen.
Grace is a teenage daughter of the King with a passion for music, a heart for missions, and an unwholesome weakness for ice cream. She enjoys blogging over at her blog, Grace Notes, playing her five instruments, singing, lettering, writing, making memories with her siblings, and serving the Lord in whatever capacity she can. Her deepest desire is that Jesus Christ would be glorified through her life.