Blind No More
Today's memory verse: "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness...to open eyes that are blind..." (Isaiah 42:6a,7a)
"Because that's just the way it is..."
Have you ever heard that before? Sometimes parents say it when we ask "Why?" too many times. It is not good to ask "Why?" when we really mean, "No, I don't want to!"
But it is good to ask "Why are things the way they are?" and "What could I do to make things better?"
In India, many people are told, "You are poor because the gods made you that way. You will always be poor because you did something bad in a previous life. Worship the village idol or the gods will make your life even worse. You do not need to learn because you are not as worthy as other people. There is nothing you can do about it.
Jesus asked that kind of question often. Why do you act the way you do? ... Why do you believe the things you believe? The Sermon on the Mount is filled with questions that challenge the "normal" way of thinking about things.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." (Matthew 5:43,44)
People were amazed by Jesus' teaching. In many passages, the Bible describes Jesus as the "light of the world." He allows us to see ourselves and our behavior in the brightness of His Light.
Talk about it:Read Matthew 5 and ask, "Why do we not actually live this way?" How do you think the literacy class helped the women look at their lives differently? In what ways can they change when they see with the light of literacy? With the Light of Christ? Pray as a family that more of India's poor will ask "Why?" and see the Light of Christ shining into their lives.
People in India do not have to live in darkness and neither do we.