Reminders: Life Isn’t Always Fair

Reminders: Life Isn't Always Fair

by Ardith Hoff

A baker sued a farmer for cheating him.  The baker and the farmer had a bartering agreement.  The farmer was to give the baker one pound of butter in exchange for a one-pound loaf of bread.  The baker was suspicious that he was being cheated and decided to weigh the butter.  He found that he was not in fact getting a full pound of butter and sued the farmer.  The judge in the case asked the farmer to explain. 

The farmer replied that he was not trying to cheat the baker.  He said, “I am a simple man.  I do not own a scale, but I do have a balance beam with two pans.  When the baker brings me the loaf of bread, I put it on one side of the balance, and that is how I know how much butter to put in the pan on the other side of the balance.”  Needless to say, the judge dismissed the case.  

The obvious moral of the story is that you get what you give, but in real life, it doesn’t always seem to work that way.  Some people, who are suffering, actually have made bad decisions.  Others see that and assume they are just getting what’s coming to them.  Yet we all know decent, hard working folks and innocent children to whom bad things happen, through no fault of their own, while others who are profiting from dishonesty and greed seem to sail through life without a hitch.

We tell our children that, “Life isn’t always fair.”  We encourage them not to try to figure it out, but to just accept that, “It is what it is.” and move on.  We know that God works in mysterious ways, and we are promised that someday we will understand fully.  Until then, we are asked to trust God. 

Proverbs 16:11 tells us, “A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.”  The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 11:33 “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How un-searchable are His judgments and un-fathomable His ways.”  We need to remember that God does not cause our difficulties, but He will help us through them.  We just need to ask.