Growing up, I was good at reminding my sisters that I am older than them. This often meant I did things they considered grossly unfair. For example, I would tell them to do the chore they had heard my mum tell me to do. While they would be unhappy about this seniority move, I felt justified in my actions because I was only doing what my cousin had done to me as the eldest. We saw fairness differently.
The thing about fairness is that it can feed into our illusion of control. After all, if the world is fair then things should work out a certain way. For example, being a good person, serving God and praying; are behaviours we often think should lead to good outcomes. When they don’t, we feel a strong sense of injustice.
My pastor will always say, “Fairness died the day Jesus was crucified between two thieves. For it was most unfair for He who knew no sin to hang on a cross and became sin for us”
How often have we been angry at God because we felt he was unfair to us? The truth is, many times we use the tools God has given us to connect with Him as a way to try to control outcomes in our lives…. “But God I prayed”, “But God I served you”.
God can never be controlled but He is fair. The difference is, He controls the terms of fairness, not us. A faithful and righteous Judge!
The bible reminds us that God’s terms are the best even when it doesn’t seem that way. His plans for us are of good and never of evil.
Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us of one of God’s plan:
“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you a future and a hope”.
So don’t be discouraged, His ways are not ours. TRUST HIM.
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