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From the Pulpit

“That isn’t fair!” (Sounds familiar doesn’t it?) How many times have we heard these words, and even uttered them ourselves? Those of us who are parents or grandparents  are so fortunate to be instructed in so many ways, what is fair and what isn’t. And of course we know that everything in life isn’t fair, but our heavenly Father is just and fair in everything.

So here’s the predicament we face; God is good, but life isn’t fair! In fact, to borrow a term that we all can understand, sometimes things that happen in our lives stink—disease, death, broken relationships, just to name a few.  I’m sure that we all could come up with things in our life that aren’t fair. We are living in a day of high anxiety, with so many concerns about the future within our family and within our country, the economy and jobs, our children and parents, our health, wars and terrorism, and so much of our future is beyond our control.

The bible has multiple examples of suffering right from the beginning to end, such as  Adam and Eve’s pain when one of their sons murdered the other, Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers, the sufferings of Job, the persecution of the prophets, all the way to the book of Revelation. The sufferings of God’s people are more than we could cover in this article today, but we know that  Jesus told us “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33)

One thing is certain; injustice, pain and suffering, and unfair treatment by others is a major part of scripture. What we see in our lives as unfair or unjust generally produces something that will help us grow as Christians, as scripture tells us of Joseph’s account to his brothers. “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

It is doubtful that Joseph knew when he was going through his tribulations, exactly what God had in mind for him, and neither did Job, nor the prophets. Jesus knew the suffering that was appointed for his future but he went to the cross anyway, and today he knows our future, too. Peter writes “… Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, will make you perfect, stablish, strengthen and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10b). This is where our hope for the future is, with Jesus Christ the one who suffered beyond our ability to understand.

We look at unfair circumstances and wonder “how long?” We may not understand but God always does. God doesn’t need to wear a wrist watch nor does he need a calendar to keep track of time. He is not limited by time; God is never surprised by anything. One thing we will never hear God say is, “Oops, I didn’t see that coming.”  We are told by scripture, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God has done a lot of thinking and planning for your future, in fact, a whole lot more than you have or ever will. The truth is that some people seem to get dealt a bad hand in life, and that isn’t fair, but God is! So when life presents us with injustice, let’s put our trust in the one who can make all things perfect, in his time; the one on whom we can cast all our cares because he cares for us; the one who said “Yea, I will be with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Pastor Richard Nichols
Cedar Creek Community Church
2969 14 Mile Rd NE, Sparta

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