WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
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 BLAME
A man comes home while his wife is in the middle of ironing . He says to his wife, “Honey, I need to take a quick shower, but I am expecting an urgent call. Would you get it for me if they call?” The man proceeds to jump in the shower, and the phone rings and rings and rings. He jumps out the shower soaking wet and grabs the iron instead of the phone and burns his ear. Well, at the hospital they ask, “What happened?” As the man tells the story they ask, “Well, how did your other ear also get burned?” The man replies, “Do you know that idiot called back twice?”
It’s a human response to blame others when things go wrong in life. Someone said, Blaming is the fine art of making others responsible for all the difficult things that happen to us. When the widow’s son dies, she starts to blame Elijah and asks “what have you done..have you come here to kill my son?” Her pain and her guilt led her to blaming.
In the sermon, Mike asked the question, “Why do we blame other people?” Which of the five reasons he provided is typically your reason for assigning blame? Blaming others is easy; Blame means you don’t have to be vulnerable; Blaming others feeds your need for control; Blame unloads backed up feelings; or Blame protects your ego?
Ask God to help you resist the blame game. Ask God to give you spiritual eyes to see Him at work when you get blindsided by life.