Read Psalm 103
Focus on verses 10
Life can seem unfair at times. If we haven’t said it out loud we’ve surely had the thought pass through our minds; “what have I done…or what did he/she do to deserve this?” Typically that thought occurs when something difficult or painful occurs. Every day around the world people suffer. It is one thing if they are suffering due to choices they have made which come with negative consequences, it seems harder to understand when they are seemingly innocent people suffering at the hands of tyrannical governments or roving bands of barbarians. Some folks even accuse God of being unfair because He does not stop this from happening.
Interestingly there is a sense in which they are correct. God is truly not fair, but not in the sense that they infer. In today’s reading the psalmist writes, “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.” There is only one way in which God has been unjust, and it is in the way that He offered to take the consequences of my sin upon Himself when He gave up His life by dying on a Roman cross 2000 years ago. It was not fair for Jesus, who had done nothing wrong, to suffer and die the way He did. It is not fair that you and I, by believing in Jesus, turning from our sin and asking God to forgive us can escape the punishment we deserve for the crimes we have committed against God. If God were to treat me fairly, I would have to face the punishment I deserve for every instance in which I have broken His commandments. It is not fair that I can know the peace and joy that comes with knowing I have eternal life with God, but it is true and I am greatly relieved and I rejoice that God chose not to treat me fairly in this regard.