Posted on | January 23, 2013 | 1 Comment
Life isn’t fair.
I am 100% certain that you have either said that, thought that, or heard that before.
We see injustice on a daily basis. On the news, we can see innocent people killed in drive by shootings, while the killers go free. In our neighborhoods, we see good people get cancer while those who seem to live hard partying lives, remain healthy. In the movies, we see those who live lifestyles are focused only on looking good and having money, seemingly getting all of that and more and being able to do what they want and vacation when they want, all while they live lives that less than do good to others or to this good earth where we all live.
On top of that, it seems that people who are godly often have a more difficult life. Walk into any church and you can find prayer lists filled with people with cancer or other illnesses, who have lost or are in need of a job, who are struggling in marriage relationships.
Not only that, but Christians have the struggles of striving to live godly lives in a world that bombards us with temptation while those who do not follow the Lord, seem not to struggle at all with living a life that appears to be against what God would have.
What is up with that?
I thought God, if He is truly Sovereign, would be able to bless the righteous and do justice to the wicked? So often that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Have you ever thought about that? Thought about how as we look out at the world, there seems to be so much injustice and life just doesn’t seem to be fair?
Well, you are not alone. In fact, even some of the biblical writers have had some of these same concerns and expressed them in the pages of the Bible long long time ago.
So, Today I would like to share some helpful thought on how we can be Standing Firm when Life is not treating you Fair, as we continue to walk in this Journey we call Life.
Let’s stop here for a moment.
God is good and he is good to those who are pure in heart. If you are a Christian, you have probably been taught that and believe that. I have been and I do intellectually believe that to be true.
Maybe you are not a Christian here today, and you don’t necessarily believe that. Well, I want to tell you whether you are a Christian or not, everyone has struggled at one point or another with the apparent unfairness and injustice in the world.
Maybe you have experienced this or are experiencing this right now. If you get anything today, I want you to know that you are not alone in feeling as you do and to be open to see what causes this are and how we can overcome and stand firm when life doesn’t seem to be fair.
So the question we must ask is, What causes us to stumble in our journey of Life? Notice that the crux of the problem is what we believe in our head (there is a good God) and what we see with our eyes (unfairness and injustice) don’t seem to match up.
Everyone Struggles, whether good or bad people. Now the problem is either with what we believe or with what we are seeing.
Now it may appear at times that many of the wicked have no struggles, but the fact of the matter is that everyone has struggles.
People often believe the following about people who seems to not care about others of the people around them… we call them basically wicked or bad persons:
“They don’t have any struggles.”
“Their marriage is perfect.”
“Look at all they have and the way they live. “
And so we begin to wonder: “Is there really a God that allows them to live disregarding Him and they live the “good life” while you struggle in all aspects of life?” “If you got rid of the wife or husband you have and got yourself a better one, your life would be better too.”
Those are lies. When we are viewing life through the eyes of sin, we start believing the perspective this lie. The truth may be that they do have a better financial situation than you. They may have better health, They may have more fame.
Every single person on earth struggles. Life is a journey, understand this. In every journey, no one is absolve of difficulty whether they do good or not. No one is going to walk this journey for you, you have to walk on your own, struggle on your won.
The biggest lie you will believe is the lie that says, wicked people have no problems!
When we believe his lies, we play into this negative perspective, and then we may even see things that are true, but we force them into the lie we are believing.
Seeing things in its eternal perspective will allow you to view the world appropriately.
It is from this perspective, that the things of this world begin to be seen in the proper way. We will be able to view the pleasures of this world appropriately as well as the pains of this world. When I hold up a dollar bill in front of my face, it looks huge. But when I can put this dollar in proper perspective, I see it for what it really is. It is something, but not nearly what I thought it was when it was right in front of my eyes.
Now while the things I see in the world may still have the appearance of unfair or unjust, seen from the perspective of the Lord helps me see with an eternal perspective. It is then that we can begin to have a better understanding of some things.
When we begin to view life from the perspective of eternity, we understand the eternity of the wicked. While they may enjoy some earthly pleasures, this will be all they enjoy unless they repent of their wrongdoing.
When we begin to view life from the perspective of eternity, we no longer envy the wicked or what they have, but we pity and ache for the wicked and what they lack, eternal life. Understanding and knowing the hope we have been given of eternal life, is going to help us stand firm and persevere on this journey of life.
See through the eyes of faith. See from this perspective and understand the eternity of people around you and it will help you stand firm.
Understand that we ourselves fall short of what we deem as good.
I thought I was pretty good. My wife was so lucky to have someone like me. A good person, who really did not do much wrong or have too many bad habits or really was all that sinful. It is as I continue to walk with the Lord, that I see more and more how short I am of goodness.
As we walk in faith and see from God’s perspective, we understand how sinful we are. And as we understand and see our sin, we are the able to see that which is important in others, which is the journey of life itself. We come to understand their struggles, and how everyone is coping with life. And perhaps offer to lend a hand along the way.
Maybe you are here today and are still not understanding, still not feeling like you are standing firm. You need to begin to see people around you. people who struggles just as you, understand them in the light of eternity, and look at others from the perspective that you yourself is not perfect.
Let’s walk together as companions in this journey of life!