God tells us several times, in the Bible, not to judge other humans. We are to leave that up to Him. He has the big picture. We don’t. There are lots of situations that we don’t understand in our human view. Even when someone’s intentions are not pure, we must have faith that God is in control and He will make things right.
- Read Luke 6:37-42.
- Bring a picture of a blue jay and any other birds you choose to talk about.
The other day, I saw a blue jay out my window. He did the usual thing he does when he comes to the feeder, and scared away all of the other birds. Then he proceeded to eat more than anybody else. THEN, he took his beak and started swiping it back and forth across the seeds knocking them onto the ground. I banged on the window to scare him away and he left.
I couldn’t believe what he had done…I had just filled the bird feeder and he was just dumping all of it onto the ground. What a big, bad, bully. I went back to what I was doing at the table by the window. In a little while, some juncos came hopping into the feeder area and started pecking in the snow for seeds on the ground.
All of a sudden, I realized something. I had filled the feeders, but I had not put any of the birdseed on the ground. Not all birds eat high up on the feeders. Many of them eat from the ground. I had forgotten in my hurry to get the feeders filled. The Blue Jay had actually been kind - whether he meant to be or not.
We shouldn’t judge what other people do. They may be doing things for a reason we don’t understand. They may be doing things for a selfish reason, but it ends up benefitting someone else. …God works for the good of those who love Him Romans 8:28. I was too hasty and “judged” the Blue Jay.
Lord help us to be patient with others and not be quick to judge their actions. Help us to focus on our own behavior and making sure it is what honors you and to treat one another with loving hearts. In your name we pray. Amen.