Posted: February 16, 2011 in Me and God, Me and people, The Bible

So, in my last blog I proposed that, perhaps we can ‘categorize’ trials in different groups. Sometimes they are the direct result of our sin and bad decisions and sometimes they can actually be a result of being obedient to God’s direction and principles. Also, I made reference to the variety of ‘feelings’ we can experience when going through trials and storms; from knowing God is with us to wondering why He left us alone. Either way, we know that He is always watching us, praying for us and being in control.

Although when we speak about troubles and trials we often talk about what we do as we go through them, I believe there is an important lesson to learn and, it actually applies when others are going through storms. It kind of makes the whole storms-learning process … complete.

There’s a very famous passage that I have often believed to mean more than what usually it is applied to, something related to this very topic:

Matthew 7:3-5 “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”.

Usually we hear this versed preached in the application of ‘don’t judge’ in general. After all, that’s what the previous verses deal with. Do not judge ….. that topic in itself warrants for a whole different discussion, but for now, please consider this:

No one intentionally puts a speck (or a plank for that matter) in his/her own eyes. More often than not, this happens by accident –unintentionally. Specks and plank, give us the idea of something ranging from uncomfortable and annoying to very painful and hard to deal with -at any rate, something unplanned, undesired… like a trial, like a storm.

Also, we see this character who, though he has his own pain –large pain (the plank), he is trying to ‘fix’ the other’s small annoyance (the speck)…. same as sometimes we want to fix other people’s problems and bring help in their storms… or at least we give that impression.

I wonder if we do the same. I wonder how often we dare looking at other people’s problems, trials and storms and we pretend to have enough insight and knowledge –even more than themselves and we go into diagnosing their problems, causes and even come up with ‘solutions’ (“brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye…“). We think we have enough… something, to assert that they had sin in their lives or failed on this or messed up that. Remember, it is often hard even for ourselves to understand the complexities of whys. It was hard for the disciples and it is hard for us. All this is made even worse, when we consider that we actually have bigger problems on our own, our big specks –still unresolved, and perhaps as a result of our bad judgment as opposed to the result of being godly.

I think if it is true that there is an action to be taken when we are going through a trial, there is also another –at least initial action to take when others are going through a storm. First, it may be to learn to deal with your own trials in a Biblical way before you try to do other’s (“First remove the plank from your own eye“). At the very least it may help you to be a bit more merciful and understanding of everyone else’s storms. Also, and very important: pray, pray and pray for them…. May be after that, God will lead you to do something for them, to talk to them, to listen to them (and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye).

I don’t know how accurate this theory is. It’s just  my personal interpretation. What I am sure about is that the best first step is and will always be intersession; prayer, prayer and prayer.


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