So what do you think? Life really should be all about fairness, right? I mean, life would be a lot better if everything was fair and God made sure that we got exactly what we deserved, right? Then no one would come along and take our pudding cups.
Fairness is something we learn very early in life, particularly when looking at who gets the largest slice of cake or the best flavor of pudding cup!
But maybe fairness is one of those things that we cry out for when it’s our pudding cup that has been taken away, but not when we are the ones doing the taking away?
But God is not fair. He does not always give us exactly what we deserve. I am very glad of this.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:10-12 (NRSV)
Maybe, just maybe, we take away God’s “pudding cups” every day when we don’t give Him the love that is due Him? Maybe, just maybe, we take away our neighbor’s “pudding cups” every day when we don’t give them the love that is due them?
And yet God does not repay us in fairness for what we have done. Instead He removes the record of those transgressions, I believe, through His gift of Real Life Jesus.