I know this may sound a little crazy, but the thing I’m most thankful for this holiday season is that God’s not fair.
I said it.
God’s not fair!
At times I’ve complained, argued, and even been angry about it, but I was recently reminded that it’s because of His unfairness that I’m able to argue at all!
It’s easy for us to look at this issue from the totally wrong perspective. We think that because we’re “good people,” attend church, and even profess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that God somehow owes us something. That He should reward us in full with a life of prosperity, happiness, and wealth.
We think that because of our “sainthood” that this is the fair thing for God to do…
In actuality, this is a backwards and even dangerous line of thinking.
The Bible tells us that our so-called “good works” are like filthy rags to God! (Isaiah 64: 6).
This may sound harsh, but we must consider who God is to get the right perspective: God is holy–perfect in love and righteousness. His eyes are too pure to even look upon wickedness and He cannot tolerate sin (Habakkuk 1: 13).
With this in mind, our thinking has to change…
God cannot be associated with sin! In fact, He’s so holy that He cannot even look upon it! Which is why for us to be “good enough” to merit God’s favor, we would all come up short (Romans 3: 23).
Who among us has no sin? Has no selfish motives? Has no faults?
I know I certainly don’t! And what’s the cost of my imperfection in relation to a perfect and holy God?
Romans 6: 23 tells us…
“For the wages of sin is death…”
Thus, if God was truly fair, I wouldn’t be here to type this right now…I’d be dead!
Thankfully, God isn’t fair as Romans 6: 23 continues…
“…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Many of us have an amazing amount of things to be thankful for this holiday season. We have our health, family, friends, homes, and jobs–in addition to a plethora of other blessings.
But all of these things are temporary and will eventually fade away.
So when we give thanks this holiday season, let’s not forget to be thankful for the one thing that will never fade away…
God isn’t fair–His work on the cross proclaims it.
Loved it! Great message about grasping the reality of God’s gift of mercy.