Revelation 8; Nehemiah 11; Psalm 103
There is a strong sense of fairness ingrained in Americans. One of the worst things you can say about a situation is that someone is doing something that is unfair. Once the specter of “unfairness” arises, everyone checks their motives, goals, and actions. If there’s anything that might seem to be unfair, we bend over backwards to fix it.
We want people to treat us the way we deserve to be treated; just like we want to treat others that same way. And then we come to our relationship with God. We think about situations and we cry out to God that those situations are unfair. We get angry about our supposed mistreatment and ask God to treat us like we deserve to be treated. We come to the realization that our God is an unfair God.
And silence reigns. Then we think. Then we recall. Then we remember words like this and thank God that He is “unfair” and that He doesn’t treat us like we deserve to be treated. “…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:10-12)
We have received grace and mercy from God, not wrath and punishment. We have received forgiveness from God, not justice. Our God treats us unfairly and for that I am thankful. I look around and see those who have wronged me and I realize that I need to treat them as unfairly as God treated me.
Lord, as I think about those who have hurt me – have sinned against me – remind me of how unfairly You have treated me and let me treat others the same way.