In his observations about life Solomon has repeatedly suggested that life just isn’t fair. In Ecclesiastes 7:15, he comes right out and says it. He writes, “In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes 19 unfairin his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.” I guess this is one truth that we all learn fairly early in life; it just isn’t fair! I remember arguing with my mother about how my friend, Butch, could stay up till 9pm when I had to go to bed at 8:30 on a school night. When she said, “you’re not Butch! Go to bed!” I said, “It’s just not fair.” Usually, what we mean when we say that is we are not getting what we want or we are being forced to do something we do not want to do. Solomon’s meaning is a bit more profound.

Life certainly was not fair in Jesus’ case. One of his closest friends betrayed him. The chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders made up the Sanhedrin, the supreme religious and legal court in Judea. Yet, instead of giving Jesus a fair trial, they drug him off in the middle of the night for an illegal trial. They manufactured evidence against him and convicted him and condemned him to death. There was nothing fair about the trial and conviction of Jesus. Jesus came to earth and did only good. He taught of God’s love for us. But he was beaten and mocked by his enemies.

It’s a fact of life; it’s just not fair! Coming to grips with this truth is an essential step for spiritual maturity, becoming more like Jesus. Good people sometimes get sick and die young. Someone with fewer qualifications and less experience may be hired instead of you. A tree may fall to the left and damage your car instead of falling to the right and landing in an open yard. Steve Moore says, “If you accept the fact that life isn’t fair you can free yourself from many of the negative emotions that spin out of control when you suffer injustice.” When life is unfair, remember what Jesus endured and what Peter said about that. 1 Peter 2:20-21 says,” “If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.”