TUESDAY, JUNE 21
15 So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. 16 There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah. 17 Some time later the woman’s son became sick. He grew worse and worse, and finally he died. 18 Then she said to Elijah, “O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to point out my sins and kill my son?”
1 Kings 17:15-18 (NLT)
WHEN LIFE BLINDSIDES ME, RESIST GUILT
In a Peanuts cartoon, Lucy approaches Charlie Brown with a paper and pen and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. Then she goes to Shroeder with the same paper and says, “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. Finally she comes to Linus: “Here, sign this. It absolves me from all blame”. As she walks away Linus says, “Gee, that must be a nice document to have”.
In the sermon, Mike talked about the tendency to try and find blame when we get blindsided by life. At one point, the widow in 1 Kings 17 blamed herself for her son’s death. The woman had a guilty conscience and immediately concluded that God was punishing
her for her sin by killing her son. This is a common reaction among many people who do not know God’s ways well when personal tragedy enters their lives.
There are certainly times when our poor choices have poor consequences. This was not the case in 1 Kings 17. When have you thought you were being punished by God for a tragedy? Can you see now how often tragedy is just a byproduct of living in a sinful and broken world?
Praise God for not holding grudges and for offering us the gift of complete forgiveness when we ask. Ask God to help resist the urge to assign blame to you or others when life gets tough.