March 6, 2020
You say, “The Lord’s way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair? (Ezekiel 18:21-28)
When parents receive a copy of a school’s student behavior handbook, they generally thank the school and tell them they appreciate the effort to maintain discipline. They sign a document saying they have read the handbook and understand it.
The fact is, many do not read it. Their reasoning is simple: “My child would never do anything to get in trouble.”
Then, sure enough, their child does do something to get in trouble and the school moves forward with assigning the consequences as delineated in the handbook. That’s when the parent reads the handbook and says, “These rules aren’t fair!”
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God tells us we do the very same thing. We are all about the rules, God’s law, as long as things are going our way. But when we run into a conflict between God’s law and what we want to do, suddenly “The Lord’s way is not fair!”
We tell God we are His, that we will honor Him and abide by His laws. Yet we turn from Him by giving in to temptation.
Who is really being unfair?