Some days there isn’t anyone to blame

Some days there isn’t anyone to blame

John 9: 1-5

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 

We are part of a blaming culture.

If Adam and Eve were alive today, they would probably sue the snake!

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But today we’re asking who pushed him!

There are many people who blame God for the hurt in their lives. The death of loved ones, health issues, job losses. The truth is, God has already blamed Jesus for all the sin that causes all the pain in all our lives.

Sometimes there’s no one to blame. At that point we need to look instead to what God can do.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28.

In Zundert, Holland in 1853, a Lutheran pastor became the proud father of a baby boy. At 16 the boy went to work for a firm of art dealers in The Hague. A few years later he took the opportunity to travel to England. There he fell in love with his landlady’s daughter, but she rejected him. In his grief he turned to Christ. He began helping a Methodist minister in Turnham Green and Petersham. The conviction grew that he should become a full-time evangelist, and in his mid-twenties he returned to Holland. He soon found great success in preaching to the poor, dressed like a peasant and living in their company. He washed their clothes, cared for their sick, consoled their dying and he led them to Christ. However, the Church leaders of the day rejected him and forced him to give up his ministry. For many this would have brought a crushing blow with no recovery. But God can bring light out of darkness.

He went back to the world of art and tried his hand at painting. His name was Vincent van Gogh.

 

Maybe you have unanswered questions like the blind man. Maybe you have pain in your life. Maybe you can make no sense of it all

But there is hope. Great hope. There always is with a God who is the light of the world.

Psalm 23:4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

You only get a shadow when there is a shining light creating it. Right there in our ‘darkness’, God’s brilliant light is giving us hope. He is our hope in a dark world.

 

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