Have you ever noticed that life isn’t fair? When’s the last time you wondered why the wicked seem to get away with their wickedness? In our day, it certainly seems the darkness is winning – at least when you look at things from a surface level. Why do those who walk in integrity and honesty suddenly lose their livelihood with no warning? Why do those who serve God get sick, suffer, and die, when He paid for our healing? Is it fair for unborn children to have their lives taken, or for innocent children to be abused, or die of horrible things like cancer?
These and similar questions have plagued mankind since the beginning. Especially when we are told that God is in control, that He is good, and that He knows what we are going through. The truth is, that all of these things are true. Life isn’t fair, God is good, and He knows what we are going through. I have heard someone say, “For the believer, this earth is the closest to hell we will ever get, and to the unbeliever, it is the closest to heaven they will ever get.” In other words, this life, on this earth and in this age, isn’t meant to be fair. It is meant to show us we need a Savior, and to spend whatever time we are given to prepare to rule and reign with Him forever.
When things don’t go our way, when we are treated unjustly, we need to get a different perspective – a much bigger, eternal one. This life isn’t about us, or our comfort, convenience, happiness, fulfillment, accomplishments, etc. – it is about Him. Are we allowing Him to work the cross in us – dying to our desires, selfishness, etc., every day? Or do we retaliate or scream and yell to get our way, or to let the world know we are pissed when we don’t get our way? Do we recognize every act of injustice as an opportunity to be conformed into His image? Or do we miss the moment, giving in to self-pity and a victim mentality instead?
I believe God allowed injustice to be a part of our lives in this age purposely. How else would we know justice if we never suffered from injustice? How could we relate to the ultimate injustice He embraced on our behalf, if we never experienced it at the hands of others? Could we truly have compassion on those who suffer unfairly if we were ignorant of its effects?
God has given us a sense of justice and injustice because He is perfectly just in all His ways. If He lives within us, we will “weep with those who weep” and “comfort those who mourn” because He does. We will stand up and speak out on behalf of those who have no voice. Injustice will cause us to be moved by compassion as Jesus was. Though this life isn’t fair, we can rest assured that the day is soon coming when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)