While God is just, He is not fair.
Reference: v.15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ (TNIV Bible)
Explore: My parents were the fairest guardians you could ever imagine.
My eldest sister had to wait until she was thirteen years old to get her ears pierced. So my other sister and I also had to wait until we were teenagers even though ALL our friends were getting their ears pierced at much younger ages.
If ever Mum and Dad gave a sum of money to us, the other two got the same amount so that we were all given the same gift.
Mum always made sure we had the same amount of presents under the tree each Christmas and we were each given the same amount of crackling every time we had roast pork.
Their aim was that we would all know that we were equal and loved all the same. And it was greatly appreciated by us all.
Application: When I see the benefits of being treated equally in a family I found it surprising to discover that God is not fair.
The parable in Matthew 20 talks about an employee giving out wages and we see that God represents this man. However, I initially struggled to see that God would be unfair, when I can see the issues that it could bring.
When I was chatting to a friend about this they reminded me that I have benefitted greatly from God’s unfairness.
If God was fair then I would never enter into the Kingdom of Heaven for I don’t deserve it. If God was fair then I would never be able to receive His grace as nothing I could do could justify myself to Him.
While God is just, He is not fair. Because He is unfair means that I can receive the greatest gift of all – His unconditional love.
Prayer: Lord, there are times when I feel hard done by and think that the world is against me. Help me to see your will at work and know that You are always there for me. Amen.
When have you been treated unfairly? How did it make you feel?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.