I’ve been quiet for some months, sorting through some stuff. Not that I have nothing to say, it’s just how to say it. With that, I’ll just leave today’s post to my Bible School teacher, Ptr. RICK BOTO, the guy who taught me how to properly read and exposit the Bible. His thoughts about our pointing fingers in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the light of God’s Word.
BLAME OR BLESS?
A vicious habit we many Filipinos are hooked to whenever calamity strikes us is looking for people to blame. Of course, our list of usual suspects we point our fingers to will not fail to include PNoy, PAGASA, & the victims/survivors themselves who stubbornly refuse to evacuate their homes. Now we have added to the roster a new kid on the block, the “microwave pulse.”
We are seemingly no different from the disciples of Jesus themselves. In John 9, upon seeing a blind man, they asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (v. 2)
Sounds familiar? “Who’s fault it is? Who caused this mess? What went wrong?”
What was obviously wrong was the question itself as indicated by Jesus’ reply: “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (v. 3)
Instead of asking, “Who sinned?,” the disciples could have asked Jesus, “Lord, can you restore the blind man’s sight?” And Jesus will tell them, “Sure, I thought you’d never ask. Now, I will let you see the works of God displayed in him.”
We can learn better and be wiser from this story. Instead of the question, “What went wrong?,” we rather ask, “What can we do to make it right?”
The blind man not only received his sight. He came to see Jesus face to face and declared his faith in Him (vv. 37-38). The works of God are displayed in him!
Let us stop asking the wrong question. Instead, let us accomplish the right action to display the works of God: Provide help to the needy and proclaim Jesus to them.
– Rick Boto