Sounds like a feel-good message, right? I remember sitting in a Christian school chapel service my eighth grade year listening to a speaker tell us over and over that life isn’t fair. I understood to some degree because of some things that had hit my family by that point. The lesson became a recurring theme thereafter. Although I agree with this wholeheartedly and have had several unfair things happen in my life, I choose these realities:
- These things may not have been in God’s perfect will, but God will still use them for His glory (Romans 8:28).
- I am not a victim. Bad things happen to good and bad people. Good things happen to good and bad people. Sometimes things are consequences of my actions, while at other times the consequences of others affect me. God is not singling me out.
- God is just and fair. Though I will experience hardships and unfair things in this life (which God warned that in this world we will have difficulty), God will reward me according to His justice. He will not reward me based upon what I consider good. My salvation will be based on His justice through the finished work of Christ.
Remember these things when your world comes crashing down around you. Life isn’t fair. The devil is after you, but God is for you and wants to develop your character through the difficulties. Choose to focus on truth rather than feeling. That’s the only way you can survive the difficulties of life without sulking in your own self-pity. As the songwriter said, “Life is hard, but God is good.”