Loving God. Loving our neighbor.

What’s Fair

Joni Eareckson Tada
“Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counselor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?”
Isaiah 40:13-14
Have you ever walked into a room halfway through someone else’s argument and been asked for your opinion? It’s impossible to respond. You don’t have all the facts. You don’t fully appreciate both sides of the argument and, therefore, you can’t give a just verdict.
Trying to discern whether or not God is fair in any given situation is much like walking into a room halfway through someone else’s argument. For one thing, you don’t have all the facts, and you won’t have them until you get to the other side of eternity. Besides, “fairness” is impossible to grasp because you are unequipped to appreciate the hidden purposes God has in mind.
Those who don’t believe in God may be presumptuous enough to play the “fairness” game, but Christians know better. The world’s definition of fairness is based on the sliding scale of society’s values and the changing will of the majority. But God doesn’t buy that definition. That’s why He will never be “fair” from society’s perspective. He will, however, always maintain justice. Justice, unlike fairness, is based on the unchanging principles of His Word.
The “fairness doctrine” is based on a person’s limited value system and timetable. Remember, God is not fair — He is just. He is loving. His values are higher, far exalted above yours. His timetable is different. So bow to His justice, trust in His love, and forget about fairness.
Lord, You will never seem fair from the world’s perspective and that’s why I praise You for being just, not fair. May Your purposes prevail and may You receive glory!