Let me get this straight. A 9-7 team gets blasted by our beloved Patriots (11-5) and they go to the Superbowl while the Patriots don’t even get afforded the chance to prove themselves in the playoffs because of some ridiculous 3rd or 4th level tie-breaker?
Okay, life is just not fair, not anywhere.
Perhaps you have those feelings at times . . . perhaps you have them now. Can I tell you there’s a trick to dealing with life’s unfairness? It’s a simple phrase I heard from a preacher I greatly respect.
“Don’t confuse the facts of life with the Acts of God.”
We live in a fallen world. Life as we know it is broken. Whenever you use something that is broken it will not work properly and the unexpected becomes the inevitable. Don’t confuse the facts of a broken world with the acts of a loving God.
One of the greatest prophets felt life to be unfair. All he did was serve God and all he got was hate and animosity from his nation and people. Jeremiah even took his case to God with a twinge of defiance:
Jeremiah 20:7-8 (NIV) “O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.  Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long.”
But after Jeremiah vented, he realized something. No matter what was going on around him, God was still working IN him. And the next phrase is so potent . . .
Jeremiah 20:9 (NIV) But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
Don’t let what happens to you defeat you. God is for you, working on you, blessing you in spite of it all . . . there’s a fire in your bones – stoke it, fan it, and let it flare up inside you.
Life’s not fair – But God is good.