100 mph+ winds came whipping through the Devil’s Postpile section of the Eastern Sierra Mountains last fall. We were told by the Park Rangers that these winds lasted for more than four hours and literally ripped out tall trees by the roots. As I took pictures of these downed trees, I saw healthy green pine trees on the ground while dead pine trees were left standing. You can see this in the picture to the left. The downed tree is green. The brown tree in the center is standing tall.
From my perspective this just didn’t seem fair. Yet, this is exactly how Jesus describes life. The sun shines and the rains fall on both the righteous and wicked alike (Matt. 5:45). Life happens to everyone, especially to believers. We live in enemy territory where storms shouldn’t surprise us, but are to be expected (2 Tim. 3:12). You quite possibly might be saying to yourself, “That’s not fair. I love Jesus and follow Him throughout my day; and yet, I fall down and those who don’t love Him stand tall. What’s fair about that?”
My friend, understand the Bible never says, “Life will be fair.” It simply states that we can experience real living in the midst of life’s unfairness. We don’t have to let life’s storms destroy our peace. We walk with Jesus who calls Himself, “The Resurrection and the Life.” He can take a fallen tree and stand it upright again.
Therefore, you have two choices when life hits. You can continue to look to Jesus and achieve victory despite the strong winds or you can let your attitude go down with the trees and head to your drug of choice where your enemy wins again. Life might not be fair, but Jesus is. He can be strong for you when you’re weak and fallen down.
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