When God seems unfair

In the book of Job Satan appears before God like a prosecutor in a court case, along with his demon angels as witnesses. But Satan isn’t charging Job with anything; he’s hoping instead to get Job to charge GOD for inflicting needless suffering and for not dealing fairly.

God gets it in the ear today too, for letting people die needlessly and undeservedly in natural disasters and senseless killings. He’s blamed for good people dying prematurely and evil people getting away with murder. And what about all those good Christians who suffer terribly too, from persecution, accidents, financial ruin, destructive gossip, rejection by their family, bullying at work, and loneliness? Worse still, why does God let some Christians lead charmed lives, with their happy, successful children, good jobs, great retirement packages and excellent health, while other Christians have to hobble through life with all kinds of aches and pains, insecure jobs, endless debts, cars breaking down, marriages breaking up, children going nowhere, and working parents spending long periods away from home?

It all seems so unfair, which is exactly what Satan hoped Job would think – which Job did: “I am innocent, but God has denied me justice,” he cried (Job 34:5). God wasn’t being fair at all, and Job wanted to know why. If only God would explain himself.

But God doesn’t explain himself. He simply says, “I know a whole lot more than you do, Job. I know things you could never discover for yourself. I was there when this planet was formed, and I know every detail about anything you’ve ever wondered about. You may not understand what I’m doing, therefore, but I do.” It’s like dealing with a child who feels his parents are not treating him fairly. The parents only have to ask, “Do you know more than we do?” Obviously not. “So why, my child, are you acting as if you do?”

And when Job realized he too had acted as if he knew more about life than God did, it deflated him. God was on the hilltop with a much better view of things than Job had, just as parents have a much bigger picture of what’s best for their child, and when that realization dawns, hopefully trust follows.

God did not condemn Job for thinking him unfair, nor did he defend himself to Job either. There was no point, just as parents realize it’s pointless trying to explain their actions to a child who, at his age, would not understand. So when things seem unfair, it still comes down to, “Trust me, son, I know what I’m doing, and one day so will you.”


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