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As a child I can remember exclaiming, “it’s not fair!” on many occasions and for many different reasons. I may not say these words often as an adult, but they are there regularly in the back of my mind, particularly in response to perceived and real injustices in the world. There are many reasons to consider that life is not fair, and people often choose to blame God. If He is the Creator then shouldn’t He take the blame for inequality and injustice, and for every time things go wrong in our lives? 

What we need to ask is was it fair for God when those he created turned away from Him? Was it fair that they lied and stole and killed? Was it fair that they made their own gods to worship? Was it fair that God had to send His own Son to earth to train and disciple a few human beings to enable them to point others in His direction? Was it fair that the Son of God was born into the poverty that still exists in God’s world? Was it fair that the Son of God was tortured and cruelly killed, murdered by the established church of the day? Was it fair?

I do not believe that Jesus ever said, “it’s not fair” to God. I am certain that these words do not exist in God’s vocabulary, or that they have ever formed in His mind. Scripture tells us that His thoughts and His ways are different to ours. This partly explains why fairness does not come into the equation. The fact is that God loves the unlovely even though we cause Him so much pain. God’s love for humanity consumed Him so completely that He was prepared to ask Jesus to suffer separation from Him, to experience life in a human body, and to die painfully nailed to a cross. It wasn’t fair. It isn’t fair. But it happened and it requires a response.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)