You ever have something in life happen and think, “that’s not fair!” I get to hear this phrase a lot from my children, and it is funny hearing their sense of equity and fairness. Like many in the world today, they have quite a selfish view of “fair”. It really only is fair if it benefits them.
In society, a lot has been discussed here lately about equality. There are those who feel they are suffering inequality, and this unfairly disables them for life. Recently, people are taking to the street demanding justice, fairness, and equity. Just like my children, their view of equity and “fair” is very warped and self-focused.
It’s no wonder that this is the world view of so many. We have created a generation that is taught to have “self-worth” “self-value” and “self-esteem”. Little is taught anymore about caring for ones neighbor, doing to others as you would have them do to you, and being willing to serve and sacrifice for others. When we teach so much “self” we ought not be surprised when we get “SELF-ish” people out of it.
I often consider those who suffered great hardships in life, and did so with a chipper spirit and a bright optimism on life. Men like Viktor Frankl who endured the holocaust, and came away unscathed in his psyche by acknowledging that his captors could never take his will or spirit from him. I am amazed at men like Daniel in the Bible, who, as an old man was thrown into a den of lions unjustly, and came out praising the Lord. I am baffled at stores like the Missionary Adoniram Judson, who suffered unbelievable hardships in Burma but praise the Lord and continued to serve Him.
Jeremiah has faithful executed the duties given to him by the Lord, and his reward is a prison cell. Zedekiah was furious as the truth told by Jeremiah, and instead of heeding his warnings ordered him to be placed in the prison during the siege. Once bread ran out, Jeremiah was made to suffer great hardships.
Like so many others in the Bible, I am sure Jeremiah had some deep soul searching while in his dark cell. Instead of bitterness towards his unfair and unjust treatment, Jeremiah just went about doing God’s work. There are lessons to be learned from these characters.
Today make a choice to serve the Lord with the life you have been dealt, and the talents you have been given. You maybe didn’t come from a perfect home, and you might not have had all the social-economical advances as someone else… so what. It might not be fair but few things are. Growing up, I had a teacher that said there were only 2 fairs in our life… One was in Decatur in the Spring and the other was at Fort Worth in the Fall.
Life isn’t fair… are you going to complain about it, or purpose to use what God has given you for His glory?
Daily Scripture Reading
“For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.”