Summary: Understanding God’s will -- how bad things happen to good people and how to understand it and work with it
“That’s not fair!!” The child tearfully exclaimed to her mother. “Why can’t I go too!” “Because you are too little,” the mother explained – “next year when you are bigger you can go on all the rides. That is part of growing up.” “But I want to go on the roller coster now!!” She continued to cry. Poor Mom -- she felt so torn as she wanted the child to be able to go on the ride but understood with all the maturity it takes to be a good parent that the safety of the child was at stake – and as a parent that came first – Was it fair? Children seem to learn at a very early age about fairness. They seem to be born with an innate sense of fairness.
Down the path a woman stood and watched this scene unfold in front of her and a large tear escaped despite all the inner strength she could muster. “If only I had that problem” she thought to herself and turned on her heel and walked away. This 27 year old woman had recently been diagnosed with complications in her womb and would never feel or experience child birth. “It’s not fair” she scolded as she walked quickly away. “What did I do to deserve this?”
“I am sorry John but we have decided to award the promotion to Jennifer as she is better qualified and is more experienced in the company at this time. We are impressed with what you have done here so far and encourage you to work toward a future promotion when you are better prepared and more abreast of the company policies and procedures.” John thanked his boss with half a smile and walked out of the office. As he returned to his desk he felt an overwhelming frustration take hold and as the tension spread down his neck and into his shoulders he cursed under his breath. He needed this promotion to make ends meet – he had what it took, he knew it – all he needed was a chance – “It isn’t fair.”
The pressure of fairness – the perspective of equality – can be devastating to anyone – Life can be so unfair. Who sets the rules? Have you ever thought about what it means to be fair?
Being fair is first and foremost on most people’s minds. Parents weigh out the fairness in raising children; husbands and wives look to be fair in their relationships; many employers are bound by the union to continually evaluate fairness in the workplace; churches, too, are not excluded from a scrutinized eye as we all watch to see whether they are fair. Should we be consider being fair in the eyes of our biblical knowledge or should we just be faithful, follow God and let fair take care of itself?
God and Satan were having a conversation – that is quite a sight in my imagination. Did they get together weekly to exchange stories over coffee or was this a one-time thing? I am not sure – but for this fine day they were talking back and forth and comparing notes on integrity and potency of people’s faith. Job Chapter 1 Vs 6 says that it was the gathering of the heavenly beings and Satan was amongst them. Satan felt that God bought his people in the way of blessings and was saying “Its not fair, you