I'm sure if you are a parent of more than one child, you will hear the phrase life's not fair. When you turn on the TV and watch a news show, you are constantly fed stories of why this isn't fair, and that isn't fair. When we live in a world full of sin, things are never going to be fair. My question to you is why do we think that life should be fair? God never promised us equal life experiences. God didn't design us as robots so that we could all perform the same tasks. He created us unique with free will.
When God created us, he made us all unique and in his likeness. Genisis 1:26 tells us “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
We all live different lives. Our lives are so different in the fact that they cause us to have different outcomes in similar situations. Just like in Ecclesiastes where time and chance happen to them all. There are chances we take that make our life greater or can knock us down. Outcomes are not the same for everyone.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
When you see life as not fair, you are missing out on spiritual growth.
Think how much prayer and growth with God would be lost if everyone had the same outcome in life. We should accept the fact that life's not fair and embrace it. Our lives are richer and more fulfilled because everything is not equal for everyone. Equal outcomes would produce less spiritual growth because you would not need to depend on God as much. Setbacks make us stronger.
You have heard the phrase “whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger,” right? There is so much truth in that statement. When we don't get the promotion at work or when we can't afford the new car like everyone else, there is value in the disappointment. We strive to work harder and save a little more money. Rejection is a good motivator. It makes you want something even more. As Christians, we pray more about our failure. We turn to the word for answers. We rely more on God.