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Life is Fair
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Life is not fair. I'm sure you have heard this before. In fact, more than 80% of the people who are going to read this message have said it or used it before. I was listening to a Christian talk show not too long ago where people were calling in to give their opinions about the situation this country is in right now and how it is affecting their lives. In less than five minutes I heard that phrase at least eight times from different callers.

We probably would never say that if everything was under control. I have never heard anyone say: "life is not fair" after winning the lotto. Somehow our brain is programmed in such a way that whenever we hear that phrase we think negative, problems, illness, loss, etc. But, what would you say if I told you that even though we are going through problems and tribulations life is fair?

Living in this world means that we are going to go through some negative experiences sometimes. That is life! It doesn't matter how many times a day you read the Bible, or how many years you've been serving the Lord, or if you’re fasting or not. None of this is going to keep life from happening. You are still going to experience difficulties and problems. That doesn't mean life is not fair, it's just life.

House on the Rock

In the Bible we find the parable of the wise man who built his house upon the rock. “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock (Matthew 7:24, 25). Despite being on the rock, Mathew says that the rain came and the wind blew. Notice that it rained on the just and wise man as well as the unjust and the foolish man. It doesn't matter how just you are; it's going to rain sometimes. You might even be asking God right now how come you're going through whatever you're going through but the answer is because you‘re alive!

Understand this. Faith has no way to be proved in comfort. If faith is to be tried it must be tried in the furnace of affliction. If you don't go through anything, you don't have anything. Jesus never said that if you’re just and serve God nothing will happen to you. Just because you’re built on the rock doesn’t mean that you’re not going to experience the storm. It’s going to rain, the wind will blow, and the storm will come.

See, the wise man and foolish man had some things in common. They both built something, they both had accomplishments, externally they look the same, and they both went through the rain and storm. Sometimes we might think that obeying the Lord doesn’t work. We might even say: "Well, being a Christian and following Jesus doesn’t work because it’s raining in my house as well as my neighbor’s house”. But know this, the only difference between you and your neighbor is that when everything is said and done, after the storm has passed, you will find you are still standing. Glory to God!

It’s been raining in my house for quite sometime now, but I know that in the end, I’ll still be standing!

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