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Life's Not Fair (4 of 5)
Series: There Ain't Nothing Better
OPEN: Awhile back there was an article that appeared in a Kentucky newspaper which read:
''I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy.
Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, that I was culturally deprived.
Then they told me 'deprived' was a bad image, that I was underprivileged.
Then they told me that 'underprivileged' was overused, that I was disadvantaged.
I still don't have a dime, but I have a great vocabulary.''
In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon deals with an issue that frustrates many people in our world. It's the issue of ''unfairness''. That things just aren't always right and fair in this life.
Solomon was reflecting on this truth when he wrote:
''Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:I saw the tears of the oppressed- and they have no comforter;power was on the side of their oppressors- and they have no comforter.'' Ecclesiastes 4:1
Inside each one of us is an inner voice that tells us that all things should be fair.That's why we have referees in sports games and judges in courtrooms:we have an innate sense of right and wrong. And we serve the God of the universe who tells us that there is a right and there is a wrong.
But then we see oppression, tragedy and sorrow.
And inside of us there's this inner voice that says:
''That just not right''
''This shouldn't be happening!''
''How could we possibly fix this great injustice of life?''
The problem is that there are two conflicting truths about life's unfairness that drive us nuts.
The first truth is that - no matter how hard we try - we're never going to fix the problem.
Life is always going to be unfair.
For example Jesus said: ''You will always have the poor among you…'' John 12:8
Have you ever heard that?
Of course you have… and He DID say that.
Now, there are those who lo ...
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