Have you ever asked the question “Is God fair?” This is a question that a lot of people ask of God. This is a question that I have asked of God from time to time.
I asked this question when my dad died when I was 11 years old.
I asked this question when we lost our first baby in a miscarriage. I asked this question when we lost our second baby in a miscarriage.
I asked this question seven years ago when I had to take a medical leave because my body just couldn’t go any further because of the stress that I had put on it.
In each of these circumstances I was devastated. I was hurting. I was deeply disappointed. I was confused and there were no easy answers as to why these things happened. I wondered if God was there and if He was there, did He even care because if He did why didn’t He do anything about these circumstances?
2 truths we need to remember when we are hurting
(These are taken from chapter five “When you believe in God but don’t think He’s fair” in Craig Groeschel’s book “The Christian Atheist“)
1. God cares for each one of us.
We need to remember that when we hurt, God hurts. We need to remember that God knows exactly how we feel because He is our creator and because He became one of us for a time. Exodus 34:6 tells us that God is a compassionate and gracious God who is slow to anger and is abounding in love and faithfulness.
The Hebrew word that is translated “compassionate” in the Old Testament means “from deep within your core”.
This means that God feels our pain deeply and He knows how we feel when we are facing any kind of pain. In other words, our pain does not go unnoticed by God. He feels it and He cares deeply about us.. This should bring us great comfort!
2. God comforts us in our pain.
Isaiah 49:13 tells us that God “comforts His people and will have compassion on His afflicted ones.” Groeschel points out that “often, just knowing that he’s (God) there is comforting” (pg. 99). I couldn’t agree more! I am so thankful for God continual presence with me even though I may not always feel it.
Groeschel also shares these encouraging words:
“Sometimes God may intervene to prevent or ease our pain, or even to help us escape from it. But we may not always recognize His loving action when it happens. We can’t count how many times our gracious Father has protected us from certain harm because we don’t know it even took place” (pg. 99-100).
We need to reflect on God’s comfort, compassion and faithfulness in the past when we are facing the pain of the moment! We need to remember that God is always there with us even if we don’t feel His presence in that moment.
We don’t have top understand everything to know that God cares!
I wish I could say that in all the circumstances that I mentioned above that God has revealed His perfect plan to me about them but I can’t. I wish I could say that something great and wonderful came out of each of those circumstances but I can’t.
What I can say is this: I have learned that I don’t have to understand everything in order to know that God is a compassionate, faithful, good and caring God.
I know now from experience that despite the hurts and pains of life that God is always there for me and He is always my source of comfort!
Have you ever asked the question ” Is God fair? What truths help you to be reminded of God’s care and faithfulness?