When Jesus healed a blind man, He also met some surprising opposition (Pssst - John 9). Before Jesus healed the man, His disciples were already keen on finding some sort of blame for the man's problems. They wanted to know if he was blind because of his or his parents' sins (John 9:2). Unlike the society around Him, Jesus wasn't looking to blame the man or his family; He was only concerned in healing him. So that's what He did. Except then the Pharisees got in on the act (John 9:16). Since they had their own strict, worked-out ideas on exactly what was and wasn't important to God, they were quick to judge Jesus (who, actually, was God... hmm, awkward) for not sticking to what they expected. Hmmmm.
Sometimes, it seems like you can't please anyone... Know the feeling? But how did Jesus respond? He kept calm and, more than that, kept His centrepoint of love. Despite all that went down in John 9, nothing fazed Him, because He knew that He did what His Father wanted.
When we're pushing ever closer to God, we can know that were working for His way, with Him. Then, because of His backing, we're well placed to answer the critics with a (loving) smile that says, 'I know what Im doing.'
So what now? Going through something at the moment that's bringing opposition? Make time today to bring it before God. Ask: am I defending this because of who God is, or because of what I want? Take as long as is needed to chat it over with Him.
Soulfood : Jon 1-4, Luke 10:1-12, Ps 141, Prov 4:18-19