I was babysitting a six year-old girl at my house the other day. Bethany said that something wasn’t fair and that little girl looked her in the eye and said solemnly,
“My Daddy says that if life was fair, we’d all go to hell.”
It took me a minute to realize the truth in her statement. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has this for one of its definitions of fair: Equitable; just; erited. Fairness is getting what you deserve and although we usually apply it to “good” things, it should apply to “bad” things as well. By rights, we should all go to hell. That’s what we deserve. We’re all born sinners and have broken God’s commands as a result. The fair thing for God to do would be to send us to eternal punishment.
I’m so glad God provided an alternative. He didn’t have to. He chose to give us grace and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m glad life isn’t fair.