Devotion - October 22, 2014
The word of the LORD came to me: "What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: 'The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge’? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die."
My kids used to complain, "Dad, it's not fair!" My response was, "You're right. But then, God never promised that life would be fair."
The Israelites were complaining. The gist of their complaint was that their ancestors had done sinful things, and now they were having to bear the consequences. It wasn't fair. And so they had not taken responsibility for their own sinful actions and their own spiritual failures; rather, they blamed their parents/grandparents/ancestors.
How easy it is in life to slip into similar thinking. "My parents were terrible!" "My spouse totally mistreated me!" "I don’t deserve the treatment I’m getting; I’m better than that." Then we are tempted to finish those sentences with, "It's not fair, and it's not my fault!"
God's answer is succinct: "Every living soul belongs to me." Our responsibility isn't to make excuses about our circumstances in life. Rather, we are to serve God to the best of our ability in the situation into which we have been placed. Can we do that, even if what we experience seems unfair? Yes we can because you and I belong to God! That's good news! For, whether we are fortunate or not, God loves us equally: "Every living soul belongs to me," he says.
God made you to be exactly whom he wanted you to be, for your eternal good and the eternal good of others. God guides you through life's good times and its unfairness so that you learn to rely on him more and more. Sometimes life is not easy! Sometimes it's not much fun! But through it all, God has claimed you as his own, bought at the price of Jesus' own blood.
And by the way, is that fair? Is it fair that Jesus had to die in my place and in your place? No! It wasn't fair at all! We should have died, but Jesus died for us!
God never promised that life would be fair. Instead, he promised that he would keep on loving us; that he would keep on forgiving us through Jesus.
That's fair enough for me!
God, strengthen me to deal with life's unfairness. Focus my attention on your love, always reminding me that you have graciously made me to be your own. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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