Wrong Question

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John 9:1-5 MSG
1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”
3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do…

Very often, when I grapple with situations that do not turn out the way I have hoped or face with people’s behavior that I cannot understand, I resort to trying to find where the fault lies.

In the recent months, I have been feeling especially frustrated and disturbed with an area of my life. I feel like there is an impenetrable wall before me that I cannot overcome. I keep thinking where I have gone wrong and what I have not done right. Many times, I think, “It’s my fault.” I figuratively kick myself each time when this thought arises. Frustration heightens.

Today, as I read and meditate on the account of Jesus healing a man born blind recorded in John chapter 9, the Holy Spirit is teaching me an important lesson.

God shows me that while it is important to identify the root of a matter so as to resolve it, I sometimes am too overly occupied with finding the person at fault that I forget to look to Him. Like what Jesus says to His disciples who ask Him about the cause of the man’s blindness, Jesus is telling me today, “You’re asking the wrong question… Look instead for what God can do…”

I have got my energy and attention on the wrong thing. When I keep thinking about what has gone wrong, I forget to ponder on what the right thing to do is. When I keep thinking about who is at fault, I miss out on the One who is able to make things right.

Maybe you are in a similar situation where you are blaming a family member for the present state of your family, feeling angry at your boss for your career stagnancy, or feeling bitter towards someone whom you think has robbed you of your joy. God is saying to you today, “Look instead for what God can do.”

God is reminding you and me that He has the power to change the situation completely, so who it is that is at fault or if anyone is at fault really is not the key issue. He is in control.

Colossians 3:2 MSG
Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.

We cannot be absorbed with the things happening to us and around us. We ought to be concerned with what is going on around Christ – what it is that He commands us to do, who it is that He desires for us to be.

We cannot be waiting to figure out everything in front of us before we carry out God’s tasks for us.

Instead, see things from God’s perspective. Look for what God can do. Look to the power and strength and majesty of our Heavenly Father. Rely on His faithfulness, knowing that He has got all things under His control. We are safest when we stay in obedience to Him.

Give our circumstances over to God. He is able to change them and re-direct their course. Instead of asking, “Why am I in this state?” or “Whose fault is this?”, ask, “What do You want me to do, Lord?” and “What are You teaching me from this, Lord?”

Let us determine that, instead of blaming someone for our situation, we will expend time and energy on deepening our relationship with God and pursuing things above and not things on earth. It is through this that God’s power and glory are going to be manifested in our situations and in our lives.

Let us pray together.

“Dear Heavenly Father, You and You alone deserve all glory and praise. In Your Hands are power and might to create and bring victory in any situation. I ask that You come and intervene in the situations that I am helpless in. Teach me the steps to take so that these situations turn around and become testimonies of Your goodness and power. Help me to take my eyes off my circumstances and limitations and look upon You and Your love and faithfulness. I commit to be obedient to You and Your call, always pursuing things that matter to You and to eternity. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

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