Fair

I remember as a kid learning that life wasn’t always fair. There were times things just didn’t turn out like they ought. I remember taking the fall for a friend instead of telling the truth to the teacher about what really happened.  Since then, I’ve learned that there are times when things just don’t turn out to be fair. I live in a world that is fallen and decadent. There are things that happen to good people simply because they live in a fallen world. Money has nothing to do with it. Power has nothing to do with it. Isaiah spoke to a scenario like this.  Check this out…

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
 15 So the common people and the great people will be brought down; those who are proud will be humbled.
 16 The Lord All-Powerful will receive glory by judging fairly; the holy God will show himself holy by doing what is right.
17 Then the sheep will go anywhere they want, and lambs will feed on the land that rich people once owned. 18 How terrible it will be for those people! They pull their guilt and sins behin

d them as people pull wagons with ropes.

 
 19 They say, “Let God hurry; let him do his work soon so we may see it. Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel happen soon so that we will know what it is.” 20 How terrible it will be for people who call good things bad and bad things good, who think darkness is light
and light is darkness, who think sour is sweet and sweet is sour. 21 How terrible it will be for people who think they are wise and believe they are clever. 
(Isaiah 5:15-21 NCV)

I don’t always understand the ways of God, but I believe Him to ALWAYS be fair in His dealings with me. He is consistent in His character and His actions.  I don’t always understand why He doesn’t change something that I want changed or fix something that is broken. It is in times like this that I have to see beyond this one instance or event and gaze at His heart. Then and only then will I get a glimpse of the “Big Picture”.  I know that life is not always fair, but God is. His love is relentless and powerful to save no matter how terrible I’ve become. Grace is really not fair – I deserve punishment to fit my behavior. I’m grateful for grace every day, because I need it every day.Pressing On!

Dwayne

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