By Daniel Foster / @DanielFoster07
Life isn’t fair.
This is something I have heard all of my life, and have even been guilty of exclaiming a time or two. Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever received something you didn’t quite feel you deserved? I know I have.
It was in seventh grade. As I was walking into the cafeteria for lunch, a friend and I gave each other a friendly “what’s up” slap on the back. You know, like typical middle-schoolers. Immediately we were snatched up and taken to the office where we were each given 3 days of in-school suspension. I’ll never forget hearing the principal telling my mother over the phone, “Understand that Daniel has done nothing wrong, but according to our policy he must serve suspension.” It made no sense to me. I did nothing wrong. I was receiving something I did not deserve.
I was reminded of this as I was reading Genesis 48:13-20 where Joseph was taking his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, to his father Jacob. On that day, Manasseh, being the first born, was going to receive a right-hand blessing. If you read the story (and I encourage you to) you will notice that during Jacob's prayer, he crosses his arms and places his right hand on Ephraim’s head instead giving him the blessing that Manasseh deserved. On that day, because of a “cross” (crossed arms), Ephraim received something he did not deserve. He received the blessing.
Reading this passage of scripture also reminded me of the Gospel. See, because of a “cross” two thousand years ago, you and I also received something we didn’t deserve. We received God’s forgiveness, grace, mercy, and love.
Jesus received what He did not deserve so you and I could receive what we do not deserve.
Sometimes life just isn’t fair.
And I thank God for that.
Daniel Foster comes from the outskirts of Atlanta. He serves on staff at DeVotie Baptist Church where he is the student pastor. Daniel is a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves. You can find him on Twitter at @danielfoster07.