Why me Lord? (I Timothy 1-2)

 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  I Timothy 1:16

“It’s not fair, he has more than I do.”  The previous statement came from a three-year old who had looked across the table to notice that his friend had one more chicken-nugget than he had on his plate.

Have you ever found yourself focused on life not being fair?  I sometimes have a pity party for myself when I become self-centered.  Maybe you are in a moment when you feel as if God is being unfair to you?  Could it be you are saying, Why me Lord?

For a moment, let us consider Paul’s viewpoint on all of this.

As Paul writes to Timothy, he has the correct viewpoint of life. Paul’s younger days had been spent in climbing the religious and political ladder of self.  He had risen very high.  Here is how he described himself, “I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent of God.”

Paul is confessing he was a great sinner.  But then he met Jesus (Acts 9).  Suddenly Paul understood how God had been so merciful to Him:

  • God was patient in Paul’s rebellious days.
  • God was preparing Paul when he did not even know it.
  • God performed a miracle in making him new in Christ.

Now Paul knows, God had been more than fair with Him.  Paul is now “MERCY ON DISPLAY.”

Brothers and sisters, if you are struggling with feeling mistreated today.  Consider what God has done for you. Consider how He feels about you. Think deeply about how He has always felt about you.  Here is what Paul writes:

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man[a] Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 

When you and I understand God’s mercy in the correct way, we will cease complaining about God’s unfairness and we will center our lives on praising Him for His mercy!!!

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