Friday, July 18, 2014

Life is Unfair

Life is Unfair

Daniel 1:1-5
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.  And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

How many times have we heard a little child or even an adult say, “That’s not fair?” We all have experienced things in our lives that we could say were “not fair.” In the book of Daniel, God gives such encouragement to Daniel’s three young friends, and to Daniel, when the land of Judah is sieged and taken captive by the Babylonian Empire. There is nothing fair about being uprooted from home, taken away from ones family, or removed from the way of life that these young men had been accustomed to living. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah all faced difficult times and even though they obeyed God, they were not protected from God’s judgement upon the people of Judah. Just because we name the name of Christ and call ourself a Christian, does not mean that we will be protected from unfair treatment or from the pain and consequences of another’s sin.

Daniel was a victim of the judgement of God brought upon the children of Israel and was controlled by a powerful group of unbelieving people. Daniel didn’t remain a victim in this foreign land, but believed God completely and followed the will and plan God designed for his life. He believed God could protect and deliver him from this terrible situation and God did. He delivered Daniel from the unfair treatment and gave him freedom in the midst of enslavement.

Daniel never gave in to the powerful authority figures over him even though he knew he might suffer for his faith. He purposed in his heart not to conform to the ways of the king and responded to the authorities over him with conviction and courage. Daniel could have reacted in doubt and fear when facing the lion’s den, but he trusted God instead; believing God could do anything but fail.  Daniel was delivered from one difficulty after another when he acted upon his faith and believed God to be in complete control, because his faith gave him strength to endure any trial. “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength (Isaiah 40:28,29).

Thoughts: As a Christian, we need to understand that we are able to overcome anything, if we remember the wonderful riches of our salvation. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” God has given to us, “exceeding great and precious promises: that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:3). The word precious means: there is nothing like them, they are utterly unequalled. We possess a precious faith based on God’s precious promises–––what more could we ask for!

When you feel like life is just not fair, remember; God controls all the details of your life and puts all things together for your good and His glory. Are you thankful even for the things that seem seriously unfair? “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). Have you forgotten the riches of your salvation? This is a reminder of how great your salvation truly is even during the seemingly unfair trials of life. How tragic the consequences of life are when you have forgotten God’s unequalled promises or, have never known what true salvation really means. (If you are struggling with knowing about a so great salvation, please contact me, I would love to share the gift of the gospel with you.)

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