May 11th 2009

That’s Not Fair!

“I will proclaim the name of the Lord: how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!”
Deuteronomy 32:3-4 (NLT)

These are the words from the Song of Moses written just before he died.
Moses is telling the Israelites that everything God does is just and fair.
How often do we think, ‘That’s not fair!’
Our view of what is just and fair is very sensitive when it comes to ourselves and there may be times when we think that God is not being fair.
Perhaps it is when a disaster happens to innocent people, or when we feel there are mitigating circumstances, that God needs to understand and intervene accordingly.

Moses begged God not to use him as the chosen leader for Israel, but God insisted.
Time and time again Moses had to endure the complaints and rebellion of the Israelites against him as well as God, and yet he always interceded on their behalf before God.
He must have been weary, to the very core of his soul, of fulfilling the job that God had given him to do. He even told God on several occasions that it was too much for him to bear, but only once is he recorded as doing something that made God angry with him.
Because of that once, God would not allow him to enter into the Promised Land with the people he had led.
For 80 years he had led them faithfully bar that one exception, and God refused to let him take them to victory.
Surely those 80 years of faithful service were mitigating circumstances if ever there were any. Yet Moses was able, at the time of his death and knowing that he would never enter Canaan, to say that God’s deeds are perfect; everything he does is just and fair!
Not only did he say it publicly, but he worshipped and glorified God in the process!

So the next time we are tempted to say ‘That’s not fair!’, let’s remember the amazing example of humility, faith and total acceptance of God’s supreme authority and fairness in his life that Moses left for us to follow!

Glorious God, Rock of our salvation, help us to understand as Moses understood, that you are perfect and just and fair in all that you do. Thank you that you are so faithful to us in all things!

Study by Shirley Henderson 

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