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Why Life Seems Unfair

We often see life as unfair and wonder why. Life doesn’t seem unfair, it is unfair. As a matter of fact not much in life is fair. We learn early in life that people don’t always understand us. They don’t understand what we’re saying or how we feel. We can come up with an incredible idea to make our organization or ministry better only to be ignored while a month later someone with a little more pull makes the same suggestion and is hailed as a hero to all people. You wonder why you even try.

If you feel this way you have something in common with one of the greatest people to ever live. No… The answer this time isn’t Jesus. We all know how unfair life was for Jesus. You know… The guy who heals the sick, raises the dead and is crucified for His good deeds. And, no this isn’t a pep talk telling you to ignore your needs, focus on others, and as if by magic your problems will melt away like the extra holiday pounds do by spreading pixie dust on them. This is about Solomon. He wrote the book on pity party. Ecclesiastes is filled with what the wisest man on earth had to say about fairness. It doesn’t exist. It’s OK to get down in the dumps every once in a while. It’s just not OK to live your life there.

Solomon wasn’t afraid to be honest with God. We should learn from that wisdom. In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes He wonders about life after death.

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

If you continue reading you see that Solomon laments his good works. How does he know they will be carried on or remembered when he’s gone. He laments for the oppressed whom he can do nothing for. Almost halfway through the book though his attitude begins to change. He states that Wealth is meaningless… unless you can enjoy it or there is someone to share it with. 

In the last chapters he tells us to live righteously. While life isn’t fair we will all be judged by a fair God. Just like Solomon, our attitudes can change. God will recognize what man has not while some who have been recognized in this life have received all the reward they will get. He ends by saying that while life is unfair. While you may be wise. You may not be remembered. Still, it is better to be wise than to be a fool.

So go ahead. You have my permission to have a pity party for yourself. You can even invite a few of your pitiful friends. Just remember how to shake the dust off.

  1. Fear and love God
  2. Love your family
  3. Find some kind of work that pleases you.
  4. Make a few good friends.
  5. Make enough money so you can do the others.

If you don’t believe me read the book. It’s in there.


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