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God is not Fair

Filed Under: Luther's Devotions
When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness"  to the Lord.” So he married Gomer" daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Hosea 1:2-3

We are often quick to look at our own circumstances and see every area of unfairness. We think that God has not done everything he should do to make our life better. If we take a closer look at the scriptures we will soon discover that God is not concerned with fairness but with something else. We can all think of some areas in scripture where we question what God has done because it doesn't seem fair: The hardening of Pharaoh's heart in the book of Genesis; the time he asked Abraham to offer up his only child as a sacrifice, or the time he drove the Canaanites out of the land of Canaan.

In the book of Hosea, we see similar unfairness. A righteous man, Hosea, was asked by God to ruin his life.

"Go and marry a woman who you know will be unfaithful to you."

God not only asks Hosea to marry a promiscuous but is told to name his kids "Not my people" and "Unloved one."Could any of us imagine doing this, our lives would be miserable! 

If we are to take God's would seriously we have to let go of this idea of fairness and ask ourselves what does God's word but in its place? What was the point of Pharaoh's hard heart, Abraham being told to sacrifice Isaac, the Canaanites being driven out of the land of Caanan or Hosea marrying an adulterous woman? 

Salvation 

God's focus is not on fairness but that everyone may come to be saved. We are told that Pharaoh's heart was hardened so the Glory of God could be shown and this Exodus story would be one of the foundational stories in the making of the people of Israel. A people who needed land and so God drove out the Canaanites. A people who forgot God and needed to be reminded of how He would chase after them, (Hosea). A people who would bring about the most unfair moment in history,...the crucifixion of Christ for the sins of the world, but as I said before God is not concerned with fairness but that no one would perish but have eternal life through Christ. 

Pastor Ryan Dittmann 

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