Pause with me for a second and think back to the last time you felt treated unfairly. Maybe you were passed over for a promotion, maybe someone was chosen for an assignment that you wanted. Maybe it was something more personal, your best friend is getting married and you think it should’ve been you or maybe someone you know is having a baby for the first time while you continue to try month after month to no avail. No matter the situation, you were likely left thinking, “This isn’t fair, how come I never get what I deserve.” Just like the title of this blog suggests, We Don’t Always Get What We Deserve, and we should be thankful for that. Psalm 28:4 NKJV says, “Give them according to their deeds, And according to the wickedness of their endeavors; Give them according to the work of their hands; Render to them what they deserve.” The implications of this verse are eye-opening. Do we really want what we deserve? If God were to give to us according to the works that we have done, would we really want that? Along these same lines, we can look at Romans 6:23a and again we are taught, “For the wages of sin is death…” If we were to really get what we deserved in life, it would be death and eternal separation from God. There would be no chance for us because being born with a sinful nature, we start off wrong and it’s impossible for us to recover on our own. But there is beauty in the redemption that we are offered through Jesus Christ. Instead of receiving what is perfectly fair based on exactly what we deserve we are granted mercy and given grace when we need it most. It’s this grace that carries us through our trials. It’s grace that carries us to persevere through the most difficult of trials and circumstances. This is the same grace that God declared was sufficient for the Apostle Paul during the most difficult, most trying, most faith testing time of his life in II Corinthians 12:9 We Don’t Always Get What We Deserve, but what we do get if we turn to Jesus for all of our needs, is grace, and it is more than sufficient.
Prayer: I know firsthand what it is to ask the questions posed above. I’m far too guilty of claiming what I think is fair or not fair. But it’s not up to me, just like it’s not up to you. No matter what you’re faced with in life, if you’re in Christ and you’ve made Him Lord and Savior of your life, then things are more than fair, because you have His Grace and that’s enough. Ask the Lord to remove any selfishness that you might be holding on to in your life. Pray that He shows you that His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Additional Study: Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
II Corinthians 12:8-10