A friend the other day pointed out all the people she had come across recently who become parents as teenagers, birthed a child to a baby who wouldn’t have a father, or got pregnant on their first month of trying. Interestingly, a few days before Colby and I had watched a sermon titled “Why doesn’t God seem fair.”
Sometimes it’s so hard not to compare our situation with those around us. Thankfully God has given me strength and removed any jealousy or envy in that area. I’m grateful for where He has us now and although it’s hard, I try not to covet others.
Craig Groschel made a few points as to why sometimes God doesn’t seem fair. The following are situations that may be the reason:
- Because we live in a broken world. We are victims of the worlds’ sin, and we might be caught in a situation that reflects the broken world we live in. John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
- Because we bring it on ourself. Sometimes we are victims of our own sin (ex. driving home drunk and going to jail or being in debt when you drive a $100K car and max out all your credit cards). There are never indirect consequences for our sin, but there are direct consequencces. Galatians 6:7-8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
- Because God wants to do something big. John 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” The man in chapter 9 was blind and although it didn’t seem fair and didn’t make sense, the work of God was displayed in his life during his blindness and after his healing. The blind mans’ story touched many lives and there was a purpose in the midst of the pain.
- So why are bad things happening? For sure the reason is God is doing something big in us. James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” The lowest point in our lives is the greatest point when we call on Christ. God uses the trials to do something in us.
An excerpt of the sermon by Craig Groschel – “Why do bad things happen to good people is a flawed question. Technically, we are not “good” people. We are sinners who are in need of a savior. Bad things don’t happen to good people. Something bad only happened to someone good one time – and He was the son of God, Jesus! The perfect sacrifice who became sin for us and was brutally tortured for it. The gospel says that good things happen to bad people. So no, God isn’t fair. He is just. He is not fair. If He was fair, He would give us what our sins deserve. Psalm 103:10, 12 – “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Thankful for a God who gives us mercy (not receiving the bad consequences we deserve) and grace (receiving the good blessings that we do not deserve).
“Jesus Christ did not suffer so that you would not suffer. He suffered so that when you suffer, you’ll become more like him. The gospel does not promise you better life circumstances; it promises you a better life.” – Tim Keller