Tag Archive: It’s not fair!


I’m in Job chapter 7 and the king of complaining continues…

I can say what I want. [Job 7:11]

Life sucks. [Job 7:16]

What did I do to you? [Job 7:20]

Give me a break! [Job 7:21]

My Bible’s commentary says:

“Although Job had lived a blameless life, he was beginning to doubt the value of living in such a way.  By doing this, he was coming dangerously close to suggesting that God didn’t care about him and was not being fair.”

Is it a sin to say “it’s not fair”?

I understand that we are not to curse God or blaspheme God,

“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”   Exodus 20:7

blas·phe·my    noun    \ˈblas-fə-mē\

Definition:
1 a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God
   b : the act of claiming the attributes of deity
2 : irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable

but is questioning Him or saying “it’s not fair” cursing Him?

That depends on our heart.

Yes, God wants us to share our heart with Him; our concerns, dreams, struggles, desires, needs and worries…

“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”   1 Peter 5:7

but we must have the right attitude,

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”   1 Peter 5:6

and be willing ultimately to follow His plan no matter the consequence.

“…Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”   Luke 22:42b

God is not a magic genie that we can call on whenever we want something.  He doesn’t just show up to fulfill our every whim.

Job lived a righteous life and it seems he deserved the right to blame or turn His back on God.  But Job knew God; he learned God’s truths and promises, appreciated what God had given and trusted Him when He took it away.

But Job was not perfect; he questioned, he didn’t understand and he complained.

Makes him a bit more human, doesn’t it?

Be careful from where your complaints stem.  God wants us to share our hearts with him, but make sure it’s a heart of obedience not obstinance.

 

Job is sort of a drama queen.

What I mean by that is for someone who is doing all the right things because God is quite pleased with him [Job 1:8, Job 2:3], and when he loses his cattle, his children, is covered with boils and his wife tells him to “curse God and die,” [Job 2:9]

She actually says that!  Boy, I would not want to answer to God for saying that!  Whew.

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne… And the dead were judged …according to what they had done.”   Revelation 20:12

But I digress, back to Job.  When all of this happens in his life, Job curses his birth.  He rants about how he wishes he wasn’t born, he curses the day his mother got pregnant and wishes he would have been stillborn. [Job 3]

That gets old.  Listening to someone complain about how they wish they wouldn’t have been born, that they wish God would just crush them.

I have friends who are Christians; they make good choices, go to church and raise their children to love the Lord.  But when the going gets tough they bail.  They blame God and curse the day they were born.  They whine and cry about how hard things are and that it’s just not fair.

But what is fair?

Should a robber be pardoned because the punishment is to pay with their time for what they’ve taken?  Should murderers receive amnesty because the punishment for their crimes is death?

No, of course not.  They deserve the punishment because they did the crime.

I have a friend who lived a life of terrible abuse.  He suffered both physically and mentally, enduring terrible pain and shameful ridicule.  His body revealed the physical torment he endured and people still talk about the heartache and loneliness he experienced.

I can’t imagine living his life or feeling the hate he experienced.  The struggle he lived was intense and unimaginable.  I know he wished he didn’t have to live it, wished his life was different and even asked God to take it away… but God didn’t.

My friend died.

Was it fair?  By our standards no, but God had a plan.  God knew that my friend had to endure this hardship in his life to be an example to others and for God’s ultimate plan for good.

My friend lived a perfect life and died because I deserved it, not him.

Are the struggles we experience fair?  In our minds, no.  But was it fair for Jesus to experience the heartache and pain He lived through?

And He did it willingly.

He did it for you.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”   1 John 4:10

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”   John 3:16

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