Question: 'Is God unfair?'
Those of us who read the word and pray daily understand both from scripture and from experience that God is a God of justice.
But, has anyone here ever asked or thought:
"God, why are you being so unfair to me?"
"Why did he receive the promotion and I didn't?"
" I do the same job he does?" "I really needed the pay raise!"
"Why did You allow their family to purchase the house we
wanted to buy?"
"Why did I have to suffer through covid and they didn't?"
"Why are you favoring him when Your word says in Romans2:11,
'For there is no partiality with God?' "
That said, let's look at the question: 'Is God Unfair?'
Here are 4 examples that would suggest to the human heart God is being unfair:
A man's heartfelt desire is to become a newspaper columnist. After a season writing for a newspaper, he is fired by the editor citing a lack of imagination and having no good ideas.
A couple has a child who doesn't speak until he is four, doesn't read until he is seven and eventually diagnosed as being mentally handicapped.
A man serves with distinction in battle and honorably discharged from the military. After serving, his attempts at farming, real estate, and a family business all fail.
A teenage girl sustains a neck fracture in a diving accident that renders her a quadriplegic. She is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
Q: In these examples, is God being unfair?
Q: We know God is in control of everything, involved in every aspect of our lives.
So, is God being unfair when He allows what we call 'success' to elude us?
Q: Is God being unfair when a teenage girl becomes paralyzed and confined to a
wheelchair for the rest of her life?
Q: When we feel God has been unfair to us, do we say - 'Well, it's God's will.'
But deep down, do we think ... "Why is God so unfair to me?
The Bible teaches us that God sees the end from the beginning:
--He sees the end of our life before it even begins.
--He sees the end of an event or a trial before it even starts.
--And He knows everything that will occur in between.
In Isaiah 46:9-10, God says: "For I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure ... Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed it; I will also do it."
What is God saying to us in this passage? ... That He is God ... and He will do all His pleasure!
But, the Bible also teaches God has a plan for each of our lives.
In Jer. 29:11, God says: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
And in Rom. 8:28, "And we know All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. "
Q: What is God telling us in Rom 8:28?
That, although we could be standing in the deepest valley of despair imaginable, God will somehow transform that negative experience and work it for good.
- Could it be that a promotion at work or an unaccepted job application may not
have been in God's plan for us?
- That, by not receiving a sought after blessing, God planned something better
- That, had God answered our prayer, it could have actually harmed us?
(ex) You wanted to marry someone but God prevented it (seeing the end from
the beginning) knowing he or she was untrustworthy, or would lead you astray,
or turn you away from the faith?
- Could it be God is testing our faith by delaying the answer ... so we learn to trust
and lean more on Him?
As we dig deeper into the question, 'Is God Unfair,' we read in Isaiah 55:8-9, where God Himself says:
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Now, let's turn to some examples in scripture to take a closer look at God's fairness:
(EX I) Jesus touched upon the issue of 'fairness' while He taught about 'repentance' after the tower of Siloam fell and killed eighteen people.
In Luke13:4, Jesus said to His disciples:
"Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?
I tell you no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
--In this example, Jesus was telling His disciples it could have happened to anyone
living in Jerusalem ... because all are sinners living in a sin-infested world.
(Some may call it bad luck or wrong place at the wrong time)
--We are all subject to the Tower of Siloam falling onto us ... in whatever form the
Tower takes in our lives.
--God may allow something to happen to us if it's a lesson He wants us to learn -
OR - that maybe someone in our lives has to learn by what we go through.
(EX II) What about Joseph who followed God and carefully committed his ways to Him? Why, in Gen. 37:12-36, do we read God allowed Joseph to be:
1. Thrown into a well by his brothers? And then,
2. Sold into slavery to Potifer, and then,
3. Thrown into an Egyptian prison due to the false accusation levied against
Joseph by Potifer's wife? Joseph was in captivity for thirteen years!
Was God being unfair to Joseph? Looking at it through our eyes of flesh, it seems this was absolutely unfair!
'BUT WE KNOW' the end of Joseph's trial ... that God intended it for good. But, did Joseph know while he was going through it? Joseph's flesh must have been crying out to God, questioning what he did to deserve such punishment! 'God, why are you allowing this?'
Yet, Joseph trusted God and we know what happened in the end ... Joseph became second in command in all of Egypt, saving his people from death due to starvation.
Q: Didn't God purpose for Joseph to go through this trial and training period? So, that in the end, God would work it for good - and for His glory?
Was Godbeing unfair? "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
(Ex III) What about the four lepers we read about in 2Kings chs 6-7? I can't imagine they didn't cry out, 'Why me, God?' Why did I have to contract leprosy!
a. In those days, leprosy was considered dirty. Lepers were ostracized because people considered them sinners. And it was Jewish law all lepers must live outside the city gates.
b. There was a severe famine in Samaria: people in the city were starving.
2Kings 6:24-29 describes the people were eating the heads of donkeys, dove droppings and some even cooking their own babies.
c. The four lepers reasoned in