We often will point to an item or person to identify them to another. The term pointing the finger is an idiom meaning to blame one and identify him.
Has the LORD ever spoken to you, then whamo, you are being tested in that very area? Well, that happened to me.
I had been in the Word and the LORD was speaking to me in two sections concerning an ongoing situation and how I should act.
Isaiah 58:9 take away the yoke (my demands and expectations of others)
stop pointing the finger (judging others)
stop speaking emptiness (you don’t know all the details)
feed the hungry and clothe the naked (do what you can to help)
then (if you do this) you will call to the LORD and HE will answer
Isaiah 58:11 then the LORD will guide you continually…
Ephesians 4:31, 32 let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor & evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as GOD for CHRIST’s sake forgave you.
Then just as I was leaving for church, someone did something that upset me badly. I filled up with anger
In that situation
I had (unmet) expectations;
I did point the finger;
I spoke as if I knew (when I knew only in part);
I allowed anger to control;
I spoke out of turn.
In other words, I totally blew it. I failed the test. I knew it, the moment I got in the car and left for church. So confessed all the way there. Then the sermon hit me square between the eyes. The pastor began by saying, “When we feel angry, its because we’ve gotten our eyes off of JESUS. Whoa! I had gotten my eyes off JESUS.
Pastor said that when we get distracted by people or situations and focus in on them instead of JESUS we are like a little child just learning to walk. When a baby is carried by Mom, he can look anywhere he wants and still go forward without danger. But when he walks by himself and glances all around, not looking where he is going, he might run into a wall or stumble over a toy. After a few bumps and falls, he finally gets the picture and watches where he is going; until he is distracted again. How like us. LOL
It described me that morning. I had been angry and pointed a finger at someone’s actions, even though I just read how I must stop that. And now, three fingers were pointing back at me. I was guilty.
You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things, (Romans 2:1).
So now when I feel the anger rising, or find myself wanting to point the finger at another; I do what the word tells me to do, and the HOLY SPIRIT nudges me to do. I push the anger away, restrain from pointing my finger. Cause that is what GOD says to do. Funny thing is that when I choose to do things GOD’s way, peace comes and I start thinking about and praising the LORD from whom all blessings flow.
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfector of my faith,