Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life Isn't Fair

These wicked people are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They pour scorn on all their enemies. They say to themselves, "Nothing bad will ever happen to us! We will be free of trouble forever!" Psalm 10: 4-6 NLT

Have you ever known someone who could get away with anything? They could do something immoral or illegal yet land on their feet every time. Perhaps they might be bad behind the scenes but well-loved by the public or maybe just their grandma. No one could imagine them doing anything bad!

The sad part is not that there is a punishment that awaits them. The sad part is our own jealousy. We see them getting away with all these awful things and not suffering for it. They prosper and are well-liked. Their popularity even increases when anything bad they have done comes to light.

Meanwhile, we follow the rules, obey the commandments, go to church, and try to do all the good we can. What is our reward? Suffering, economic hardship, loss, difficulties -- you name it. How can these evil people always prosper while we decline? Why does everyone like them and ignore us? God, how fair is that?

Our reward is our relationship with God. We are not too proud to seek God. We know that God lives. That is worthy more than fame, fortune or popularity.

God, life just does not seem fair at times. Why do all the wicked and immoral people prosper? Why do we struggle from day to day while trying to follow you? Help us to realize our worth in your eyes and strengthen our ties to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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