Not Fair – A Devotion

Not Fair

Psalm 37:5-6 (NLT)

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

 

Countless times as my children were growing up, they would protest that something “was not fair” to which I would quickly remind them that we are not at the fair. They were not born with a roll of tickets in their hand so really complaining and griping was not necessary. I believe they loathe it when I said this but am quite sure that they will steal it when they are parents themselves. The sad truth is that life is NOT fair. It is not a just environment. Good things happen to bad people and bad things find their way to good people. Loving and serving the Lord does not mean that unfairness will not find its way into our lives from time to time or maybe it feels you live in injustice. One of the wealthiest people in the world, Bill Gates, says, “The world is not fair – get used to it.” I agree with Mr. Gates. If you are waiting for the world to give you a fair shake or what you deserve, you will wait a lifetime in dissatisfaction and discontentment. We are not just so we do not deserve justice. The world that we live in decided to deviate from the Truth along the way, now we live in a society that has no idea what true justice is or even real freedom for that matter. “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you” find justice in your life. Why? How? Through the righteousness that is available through the Blood of Jesus when we call on His Name to be saved, justice becomes ours once again. The more of our life committed to righteousness, then justice “will shine like the noonday sun.”

Have we “committed” everything to the Lord? We tend to lend God our spiritual life but have no idea how to yield our natural life. Until believers learn to mesh our entire life with God’s Plan as His Children, justice will remain elusive. We will always feel that life is not fair and seek justice with a sense of entitlement that is not fully accepted. Only those who call on the Name of Jesus, believe in their heart that Jesus is their Lord and Savior, and seek to serve Him as such for the rest of their life accepting a robe of righteousness can expect a change in their circumstances. The justice of God goes from our judge to our promise by stepping into righteousness as Sons and Daughters of God. Have you committed everything to the Lord today? I am evaluating my own life as we speak.

Proverbs 21:15 (NLT) Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.

 

The first thing that must be decided is if I really want the justice of God in my life. Of course, I do. Or do I? We have to consider what we are asking God for before we ask it. We must pursue a relationship with Jesus Christ to determine if our hearts are of one accord. I can say I want what the Lord has for me and when it comes be sorely disappointed if my heart still wants lesser things. Spirituality and godliness are not thoughtless endeavors. The Word of God is the Truth of God’s Intentions for His Beloved. Do you want to be loved like that? Refinement changes us from the inside out increasing our faith to accept more of His Will. His Promises make their way into our life by faith and confident hope that comes from testing and trials sometimes. Justice is joy for the godly. God’s justice is guided by Truth, reason and fairness. It is impartial and consistent which is not human nature. We must be transformed by the renewing of our mind to know what is the good, perfect and acceptable Will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Matthew 5:6 (NLT) God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

 

The Lord has promised that those who “hunger and thirst” for justice will be satisfied. Where is justice found? It is the foundation of His Throne. (Psalm 89:14-15) It is wrapped up in His Righteousness given to us by Jesus. If you choose to pursue His Presence and live a right-standing (not perfect but right) life with God, you will have justice. You do not have to fight for it. It belongs to you. You just have to wait for it to be fulfilled in your life. Justice is eternal. (Psalm 119:142) This is one of my favorites because it means that justice reaches into our past righting wrongs, moves through the present to set things right, and jumps into the future preparing good things. If we do good and seek justice, we will have it in our life. (Isaiah 1:17) God establishes justice in a holy lifestyle for His Children. (Psalm 99:4) You just have to want it enough to seek it in your life. God’s Justice can be had but it cannot be mocked. (Galatians 6:7) What you sow you will reap. When we sow righteousness – we will reap justice in every area of our life that it is planted.

Psalm 103:1-6 (NLT)

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

So you think life is unfair…congratulations you are right. This is one of those times that being right is not a fuzzy feel good. The only hope we have for justice in this life is Jesus Christ. But do not be deceived it doesn’t mean that God is going to do things just like you want. Justice is ours according to the Righteousness of God and His Will for our life so things are about to change. Another fan favorite for believers…we want God our way so when He does it His Way again we may think God is unfair too. He’s not. God is always good. Jacob worked for Laban a long time. Laban had a change of heart toward Jacob as he saw God’s Blessing on his life. Repeatedly he changed Jacob’s wages and even tricked him into marrying Leah before he could have Rachel. It was a time for a change. (Genesis 31) Unfairness promotes a pursuit of justice. When we decide that things have got to change so we choose it over continuing in the life we are living. This commitment to change can cause a great revival in our life as we move our “everything” closer to God. We had to get fed up to find out the plan and purpose of God for our life. Righteousness is found in Jesus. When treated unfairly, we go to the Lord to demand justice. He changes us to receive it.

God will change our position in order to make justice possible in our life. Jonah got mad. (Jonah 4:1-3) We do too. When it looks like the other guy has the upper hand, we pout and whine as to why God does it for them and not for me, too. Be very, very careful. This is a dangerous place to be. We must learn to be flexible and faithful as God molds and shapes our life to receive His Justice as He makes good on every detail of our life – past, present and future. (Romans 8:28)

Psalm 107:33-38 (NLT)

He changes rivers into deserts, and springs of water into dry, thirsty land. He turns the fruitful land into salty wastelands, because of the wickedness of those who live there. But he also turns deserts into pools of water, the dry land into springs of water. He brings the hungry to settle there and to build their cities. They sow their fields, plant their vineyards, and harvest their bumper crops. How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase.

 

If you are struggling today, be encouraged. Although life is not fair, God is justice in the life of every believer. Righteousness allows us to claim this promise with confidence. By faith, we will receive justice and fairness in our life according to God’s Plan that will satisfy us and fulfill us with all the good things that He has promised. Sometimes we must wait, endure and persevere until it comes in unfair situations of life. No matter how things may “look” you can always know that God is faithful. He is paying close and careful attention to every single detail of your life. Yield everything to the Lord. Do good even when things seem bad. God will make this life a source of blessing no matter how others treat us. Life is not fair. But I never really cared for rollercoasters anyway.

Isaiah 9:7 (NLT)

His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

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