Life isn’t fair, that’s true. I’ve asked myself many times, why can’t life just be fair? As I’ve gotten older and had more time to think about it, thank God life isn’t fair.
If life was fair, I know that I personally, would be in serious trouble. No, I’m not an axe murderer but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have plenty to look back on in shame. The thing is, most of the people who know me now, didn’t know me then. And even the people who knew me then, didn’t know much of what they thought they knew about me.
I believe that God started out treating us fair, but it didn’t take much time at all before we proved that we wouldn’t ever be able to handle that. No, the first two of us didn’t handle getting treated fair very well at all and we just went on downhill from there. (Gen 3:6) So then, because we couldn’t survive being treated fair, the way we should have been treated, God sent His Son down. (John 3:16)
Jesus, being completely without sin,(1 Pete 2:22) was crucified for all that we did wrong and even for those things that we would continue to do wrong. If there was ever anyone who wasn’t treated fair, it was Jesus. His soul was spotless, not a sin to His name. Even when He became angry at the money changers in the temple, He wasn’t lost in sinful anger but only showing righteous indignation for the disrespect shown His Father’s house. (Mat 21:12)
No, not a sin to His name but yet, He was crucified. He took the place of all of us that could never earn our way into Heaven and made it so we didn’t have to.(Rom 6:6) It isn’t our works that get us in, which is the best news ever because Heaven would be an awful lonely place if it counted on us to earn our entrance fee. (Eph 2:8-9)
I think that’s one of the things a lot of people don’t understand about what Jesus did by hanging on the cross. Following Jesus isn’t about being perfect because we will never be. Following Jesus isn’t about never making mistakes because we always will. We all fall short. (Rom 3:23) All of us, every single one. Think about the most righteous, godly person you know and then realize that even they fall short. Even they don’t have a chance to do it on their own. Even they are blessed that God doesn’t treat them fair. Even them.
So when things aren’t going my way and I know I’ve done my best. When things happen out of the blue that knock the wind out of my sails. When nothing I do seems to turn out right and my mind wanders down that familiar path that says, life’s not fair, I try my very best to look up and praise God that life isn’t fair and that He treats me so much better than I deserve because if He treated me the way that I deserved to be treated, my story would have ended a long time ago and it wouldn’t have been pretty, either.
All Glory To GOD!