I’m realizing more and more that life isn’t fair. You might be groaning and thinking, “Here goes Luke, belly-aching about something.” Well, hold that thought for just a second, Friend, because I’m coming from a totally different direction.
When I think about my life — the family that I’m a part of, the friends that I have, my responsibilities, the country in which I live — I realize that I don’t deserve this. I ask myself, “What have I done to earn this?” The answer? Nothing at all.
I very much believe Psalm 112, where it says, “Blessed is he who fears the Lord, who finds delight in his commands.” Recently, I have been feeling more and more overwhelmed by God’s goodness, by all of the blessings. On the trip itself, I can think of so many different practical things that God helped us work out. I’m talking everything from finding exceptional rates on lodging, to providing us with opportunities to visit baseball stadiums, to ensuring that we didn’t get trapped in rush-hour traffic in New York City en route to picking John up from his deposition. That’s just a portion of the different ways our awesome God has provided, and that’s just in the last week.
So when I see all of these blessings, and then I look at my life — all of the times that I sin, offend God, disobey Him — things just simply don’t add up. It leaves me kind of perplexed until I’m reminded that I can never, ever earn anything from God.
See, I’m used to having things add up. For instance, if I pay $20 at the gas station, I expect to receive 20 bucks of gas. If I exercise and count my calories, I’ll lose weight. If I work on this deposition, I’ll get paid at this rate. Basically, there’s a direct correlation between what I give and what I get. I know if I do X and Y, I’ll get Z.
With God, I’m reminded that this isn’t how things work. So I wonder, “God, why is it that I have all of these blessings? What about all of my shortcomings?” Then it’s like I hear God reminding me, “You didn’t earn it. You couldn’t earn it.”
We can’t come up with a mathematical equation where if we read three chapters in the Bible every day and go to church once a week, then we know we will have earned these predetermined blessings from God. I don’t think it works that way. Over and over, I’m learning that God wants us. All of us. And I truly believe that once we have surrendered to Him and are honestly seeking Him, trying to obey Him, then the blessings do follow.
It doesn’t make sense that we would still experience this kind of mercy and love unless we can realize that God is just that merciful and loving. Though we fail, though we fall, though we disobey at times, I think for those who are wholly seeking to do God’s will, the blessings are inevitable. God really, really loves His children.
So… yeah, life isn’t fair. But would you really want it to be fair? I wouldn’t. Fair would mean getting what I deserve. And what I deserve is hell, condemnation. That’s what true justice would get me. So I just thank our awesome God that life isn’t fair, and that through Jesus I have forgiveness, new life, and hope.