"...Indeed I will give you renown and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the Lord. - Zephaniah 3:20b
Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Its hard to understand why, especially if you are like me and always looking to make things better in the world. Yet, some things may never get better.
- We may lose everything dear to us in a moment -- Just ask Job (Job 1).
- We may never have the marriage we desire -- Just ask Hosea (Hosea 2:2).
- We may not be treated the way we deserve -- Just ask Jesus (Philippians 2:5-8)
Life isn't fair...or is it?
To answer this question, we have to consider God's perspective, not ours. Yes, God works everything together for good (Ro 8:28), but in His time and His way, not in ours. Remember, God is eternal. His sense of urgency differs from ours because He is not limited by time as we know it.
Simply stated, the good news is that eventually, justice prevails. Good wins over evil and an eternal kingdom will be established and fortunes restored for all of God's people. Forever.
So how do we live in the here and now with all of this unfairness and be content with things the way they are? Get to know God intimately through daily Bible reading. Talk to Him and cry to Him as you would your closest friend. Ask Him for understanding, guidance and strength to accept things you cannot change. Then listen and do what He says.
Above all, remember this, that Jesus humbly left all of the riches of heaven to come to earth and be treated terribly by those He came to save. He deserved everything and got nothing. How does that change your perspective about things being fair for you?
What will you do with what you've learned today? Do you have anything to share with us? If so, leave your thoughts or suggestions by clicking on the comment link below.