Life Is Not Fair

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

Have you ever said, “Life is not fair?” Have you felt that way? Many times that thought comes to our minds. It usually is an expression of self-pity. Something - big or small - hasn’t gone our way so we responded with "Life is not fair."

But think of the Big Picture. We offended God. We sinned against Him. He lovingly created us and gave us a perfect world with the enjoyable assignment of developing it with Him. We rebelled. We committed high treason. Every time we sin, we shake our fist in the face of God and dare Him to do something about it.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites were required to bring a lamb to be sacrificed to cover their sins. The lamb had to be the best they had. They were making an offering to receive forgiveness for their sins. [Although they knew sins could not be forgiven only covered until the Messiah came.]

Remember, we offended God. It was then our duty to seek restoration. The responsibility was on us to ask for forgiveness and make restitution. That would be the fair thing. But notice, in the above verse, God had to provide His own Lamb. He had to send His only Son - His best - to make possible the forgiveness of sins. That’s not fair! That’s like a mugging victim volunteering to go to jail for his attacker.

Why did God provide His Own Lamb? We had absolutely nothing valuable enough to give. There was no way we could make restitution. In fact, our hearts are so corrupt we do not want forgiveness and restitution. We go stubbornly on in rebellion and defiance. It is only as God, in His grace, grants us the the gift of faith that we are able to accept His free offer of salvation.

The next time you are tempted to say, “Life is not fair”, think about God providing His Own Lamb and be thankful that life is not fair. If life was fair we would all be sentenced to Hell forever. We need to be grateful that life is not fair. When we have been abused we can trust that God will take care of us and of the situation. When life is not fair - and many times it isn’t - let us reject the self-pity approach and instead commit ourselves thankfully to our faithful God.

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