“It's just not fair!”
Have you ever heard your kids say this? “Everyone else is doing it, why can't I? It's not fair!” When I would say that to my mom, she would respond with, “Life's not fair, it's a circus.” How about you? Have you ever, as an adult, said, “It's not fair!”? I have; more than once. “Why does he always get all the glory? It's not fair! Why doesn't anyone ever notice me?” “Why are they so blessed and don't ever have to struggle? It's not fair!” “Why can't my husband be more like that guy in the movie? It's not fair!” And the pity party goes on and on. Or I can make it spiritual. “I have been saved for years and try my best to live for God. Those people won't even acknowledge there is a God. Why do I struggle with finances while they drive around in a brand new car?” Ever had that kind of thought? Habakkuk did.
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil: you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” Habakkuk 1:13
God had revealed to Habakkuk that He was going to use the Babylonians to bring judgment on Judah. Habakkuk questioned why God would let the wicked rule over those who were supposed to be God's chosen people. Don't we wonder the same thing? To understand this we need to have an eternal perspective.
It's not fair when the unrighteous seem to be “blessed” while we are suffering. But we must remember that this world is not our home. This is not all there is to life. This life is to prepare us for our “real” life; our eternal life. Do we want our reward and recognition to be here on earth? Everything we have here will perish – it's of no eternal value. But we are so finite in our thinking and we want instant gratification. So we choose the reward now instead of our eternal reward.
Everything we work so hard to attain is meaningless. It is foolishness. Only what's done for Christ will last. If we could catch a glimpse of eternity, we would see how short our time on earth really is. Solomon understood how foolish it is to chase after things. “Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 2:11
I don't want a fair life or an easy life. I don't want this life to be all about me. I don't want a meaningless life. I want to trust that God is in control and follow hard after Him.