When I was a child one of my favorites lines to say that I’m sure was music to my parent’s ears was, “but it’s not fair!” It’s not fair that I didn’t get______________(fill in the blank).
Now, as an adult, I find myself conversing with God in a similar manner. Maybe you’ve found yourself saying things to God like; it’s not fair that others have this and I don’t have that, it’s not fair that my family is struggling and it seems like others are not, it’s not fair that I have to deal with this issue in my life when all I’ve done is worship and serve you, it’s not fair that I can’t have children, it’s not fair that they make more money then me, have a nicer house, have well behaved children, and get to go on lots of vacations. It’s not fair that this deep injustice is happening to me.
“But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed.” Luke 23:23
I wonder if Jesus whined His way to the cross? God, it’s not fair that I have been wrongfully accused! It’s not fair that I have to die although I’ve done nothing wrong. It’s not fair that prisoner who is murderer was released instead of me. It’s not fair that evil seems to be winning out.
Obviously, Jesus did not whine His way to the cross. You see, here’s the thing about Jesus, He submitted Himself to His Father’s will and trusted Him with the outcome. I believe Jesus was able to see past the cross and rest in the place of God’s victory and joy. Hebrews tells us that, “it was for the joy set before Him that He endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2) He was able to see the purpose for His suffering. He understood that it held a grander purpose than for Him to be treated “fairly.”
I’m not sure what you’re facing today, but look past your pain. Look beyond your present suffering and understand that it is for your ultimate good. As we actively engage ourselves with God in keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus we find victory even in life’s most unfair moments.
It’s far to easy to focus on our circumstances. Which only pulls us into a pit of despair and bitterness towards God and others over our situation. The challenge of the Christian is to look beyond their suffering and into their victory. As we do this things like joy, contentment and peace surround and guard our hearts as we find hope in the midst of what seems terribly unfair.
Lord, we need you. That is truly the bottom line. I am weak in my own self. I am quick to whine and complain in the midst of suffering. Yet Jesus, with great courage, stood before HIs accusers and trusted you for the victory. God, I want to have that kind of faith. I want to be like Jesus. Thank you that you use suffering, not because you’re unfair, but because you have a great purpose in it to make us more like you. Pour out your grace upon us as we traverse this life with you, in Jesus name, amen.