Unfairness Points Us Toward Jesus

“The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.”

Psalm 34:17 (NLT)

You’ll hear it from many places these days: People are basically good and unselfish. It’s their environments that turn people’s hearts toward evil.

Unfortunately, that theory just doesn’t match with what we see in human nature. If you’ve ever been around small children, you get this. They’re born with a selfish nature. Phrases like “Feed me!” “Care for me!” and “I’m the center of attention” are the rule rather than the exception.

Human injustice throughout the world and in our own communities also shatters any misconception we have that humans are all basically good. Left to our own devices, we oppress other people, hoard our food, and generally think about ourselves much more than anyone else.

And then it seems as if God looks at the humanity he created and says, “Okay, you think you’re basically good? You think human nature is basically unselfish? I’ll step back and let human nature take its course in the world. You’ll see what happens when I’m not in the picture.”

What’s true in children and society in general is also true in our lives today. You and I are treated unfairly all the time. But here’s something you may not have considered: You treat people unfairly from time to time as well, and so do I.

Our inclination to treat one another unfairly doesn’t surprise God. In fact, it shows why we need Jesus.

The reality is, without God in the situation, people treat each other inhumanely. That’s the heart of injustice and unfairness in our world—from despotic dictators to crushing poverty to racial tension in our communities.

One day God will judge every person on the planet for the injustices they commit against others. Because God is just, there must be consequences for how we treat others.

That means we need mercy. All of us have been unfair with others. We’re not just the victims of injustice. We’re perpetrators, too.

This unfairness shows us we need Jesus. God wouldn’t have needed to send his Son to die on the cross if people were generally good. The vast injustices in our world make it clear that humans can’t live moral lives on their own.

Next time you’re treated unfairly, let it be a reminder: Every person on this planet—including you and me—needs Jesus.

Talk It Over

  • How do you typically deal with being treated unfairly?
  • Why do you think people want to insist that we are all basically good?
  • How does this devotional help you answer the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”

Will you follow Jesus today?

God proved his goodness through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God” (John 3:16–18 CSB).

Are you ready to trust God to fulfill his promise of eternal life? If so, start by praying this simple prayer: “Dear God, I believe Jesus Christ is your Son. I confess I have sinned, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to take away my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow him as Lord from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at [email protected] and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

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