God Is Fair
“Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.” (Psalm 116:5)
When God flooded the whole wide world, He was being fair.
When God told Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac, He was being fair.
When God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross, He was being fair.
In the Hebrew language, another word for “fair” is righteous – a word used often to describe God. Psalm 11:7 begins, “For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness.”
Truth is, God is fair. God is always fair.
When your life is good, God is fair. When you feel sad, God is fair. When you make your parents happy, God is fair. When you fail a test, God is still fair. He knows about your problems even before you pray. God allows you to face your hard times, as well as your good times – not because God is unfair or unloving – but because He is righteous. Everything God does is right, because it is God Who does it.
Eight years ago, a man named Steve was killed in a car accident. The accident happened on Steve's first wedding anniversary. Steve had a wife. He had parents. He had a little sister. When he was killed so unexpectedly, Steve left behind many family and friends who were very sad and wondering if God was really being fair!
Why does God allow bad things to happen? Why does it often seem like God Himself causes tragic things to happen? Isn't God a loving God? Isn't God an all-powerful God? Couldn't He make it so only happy things happen? Couldn't He take away all the bad things? Maybe you have asked that same question about something hard in your life.
The answer is simple, even if it is not simple to understand or simple to get used to. The answer is this: God allows bad things to happen for the same reason He allows good things to happen to us – for His great glory and for our greatest good. We do not deserve good and wonderful lives, but God in His lovingkindness can look ahead and see what is ultimately best for us, and He works those things out, for His own glory and for our own good. He never makes mistakes, because He is God. God wants what is best for our lives – and that is fair.
God cannot be unfair because God cannot be wrong.
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Truth In Real Life
“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
Although he was an Irishman, Americans view C.S. Lewis as perhaps the most famous 20th-century Christian. Born Clive Staples Lewis on November 29, 1898, he didn’t even believe in God for the first part of his life. It was not until he was 33 years old that he responded to God’s grace and trusted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He spent the rest of his life writing over 50 books that referred to and often tried to explain the Christian faith.
His somewhat-allegorical series of children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia, are among his most famous works, and are still so popular today that some of them have been made into movies. Millions of copies of his books are still sold every year.
C.S. Lewis – or “Jack” as he preferred to be called – was born in Belfast, Ireland. He did not have an easy life. His mother died of cancer when he was 10 years old, and his father – unable to take care of him – placed him in a boarding school. The school was strict and the teachers were unkind. Lewis hated it. God got a hold of his heart, though, and amazingly, it was at this boarding school that he first read the Bible and prayed.
One of Lewis’s favorite topics to talk about, both before and after his salvation, was the topic of JOY. His autobiography (a book of memoirs he wrote about his own life) is titled Surprised by Joy. In this book, he tells his story of how he came to believe that God really is the God of the Bible, and shares some of his fascination with short-term, earthly joys that point people ultimately to the solid, everlasting, heavenly joy that is found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He once wrote, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
Ironically, Lewis also ended up marrying a woman named Joy. He is remembered all over the world as the writer who inspired people of all ages from all generations. He died on November 22, 1963 – the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
We often think of our own joy, but what brings God joy? What opportunities and gifts of grace has God been giving to you so that you might understand the Gospel better and live for the things of heaven? Are you responding rightly to the grace that God has shown you?
Matthew 13:44 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”