I imagine all of us at some point or other have said that. Parents – we’ve heard it from our kids and said it right back to them… We all seem to have an inbuilt have a sense of what is and isn’t fair and most of the time we’re not afraid to say it.
25 You say, “The Lord’s way is not fair at all!” Hear Me, people of Israel: You think My way is unfair? You are the ones with unjust ways!
What were they complaining about now you might ask? Basically that God was unjust: He wasn’t going to punish wicked people who repented and He was going to punish good people who ‘went bad’.
I see a lot of accusations thrown at God as I look around – He’s unjust, He’s cruel, He’s arbitrary, He’s capricious and unreasonable. Many of these come from people who deny He even exists as a reason not to believe He exists which is confusing.
I’m not here to defend God. He doesn’t need my defence, the day will come when we all see and acknowledge that our presumption in criticising or judging Him is exactly that: presumption and arrogance beyond belief. I’m just going to tell you what I understand 🙂
Life is not fair. It’s not fair because we were intended to live forever with a God who loves us and wants only what is good for us. The first humans decided they knew better than an omniscient, omnipotent God and went their own way. Before we lay all the blame on them we have all (including me) continued to do that day after day after day since then.
Life is not fair because that same loving God, instead of wiping the slate clean and starting again with a more co-operative creation, laid a plan to make it possible to bring us back into that relationship. Without crushing us into mindless automatons or compromising His unchanging justice and integrity He offers us that eternal, complete, abundant life He intended for us from the beginning. If life were fair none of us would exist because justice demands punishment for failing to be all we were created to be. There’s not one of us wouldn’t get rid of a malfunctioning possession, in fact, too many of us are only too willing to get rid of ‘malfunctioning’ babies and the old and infirm.
Life is not fair because that God gives us chance after chance after chance – as often as we turn to Him He will forgive and accept us and I defy any of us to say we would do the same. OUR justice says ‘nope, you’ve had a good few chances – we are done.’
This could turn into a really long blog as I talk about why and how and shouldn’t a just God… but I am going to end with God’s words.
30 Therefore, people of Israel, I will judge each of you according to what you have done. Repent! Turn from your wicked ways so that your sins do not trip you up! 31 Get rid of all your wicked ways! Acquire a new heart and a new spirit! Why would you choose to die, people of Israel? 32 I don’t enjoy watching anyone die, so turn back to Me and live!
The offer is there, right up until the moment our lives end. It’s His work but He won’t force it upon us we have to accept it. The day will come when we will all see Him and every knee will bow to Him. Don’t leave it too late because life’s not fair – God isn’t fair either. He is absolutely just and will judge us as we deserve. But He is also loving when we don’t deserve it and He has provided a way for that judgement to fall on Jesus.