For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18 ESV
Day after day we see good people suffer for the choices of the evil. Someone decides to drive a car through a group of unsuspecting pedestrians. Someone chooses to run a red light at the moment someone else is innocently passing through the green. Someone who chooses to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol then crashes into the vehicle of the one obeying the rules of the road. One spouse adheres to the marriage vows while the other chooses the fleeting pleasures of sin. Or as we heard about yesterday, someone who does not love the Lord chooses to take the lives of those who do.
It doesn’t seem fair when bad things happen to good people–when one person’s choice to do wrong impacts those who chose to do right.
It doesn’t seem fair…
…because it’s not fair.
It will never be fair.
There is nothing I nor anybody else can say that could possibly make it fair. The senseless loss of 26 lives is not fair. The senseless loss of even one life is not fair.
But we are not to live our lives based on what’s fair. We are to live our lives by what’s right. We are to live our lives knowing that both good and evil “will receive their reward.” We are to live our lives knowing God’s economy is based on eternity. The true riches will be in the life to come.
God doesn’t promise an earthly life free from suffering; He promises an Eternity free from it. Our hope and our happiness and our joy cannot and should not be based on the events of this life; our hope and our happiness and our joy must be based on the life to come. So even when life on this earth isn’t fair–even when senseless acts of violence attempt to instill a sense of fear and plague us with doubts–we must remember God is still God. We must remember even when this life is not fair, God is. He is always fair. He is always just. Yet His fairness and justice extend beyond human expectations and limitations. God’s fairness and justice are based on God’s character. And God is Holy. And God is eternal. Therefore His fairness is not limited to the world we live in now; His fairness is based on the world to come.
This life is not fair. It will never be fair. Bad things will continue to happen to good people. Yet what we must remember is through it all God remains the same. God is still God. God is still good. And God will never leave nor forsake His children.
Therefore, no matter what happens today or in the days to come–whether things go your way or things go awry–I encourage you to remember that God never changes. I encourage you to remember that God’s economy is eternal. I encourage you to keep doing right, to keep praising God, and to keep knowing that you know that God’s love is and always will be greater than man’s evil. Remember this day that nothing–not even death–could ever separate you from the love of God found in Christ Jesus.
What then shall we say to these things–to these unfair, evil things that continue to happen day after day? What then shall we say to those people whose poor choices negatively impact those who have been chosing right?
We speak the Truth–God’s Truth:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-39 ESV