Posted by: ritagone | January 21, 2015

The Blame Game

In my continuing reading through the Psalms this year as my morning devotional time, I’m more and more impressed with what I’m learning, both emotionally and intellectually. It’s as if I’ve never read the Psalms before, like they’re appearing in front of me for the first time.

So if it’s okay with you, occasionally I’d like to share with you what jumps out at me in my reading, because if something impacts me, it just might have that same effect on you.

That being said, here’s a profound verse that I read the other morning and was so struck by it that I put it as a post-it on my computer desktop:

Proverbs 19:3(NLT)

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.”

Wow, if that isn’t true, I don’t know what is! How often have I (or you) heard someone who has gotten into dire straits because they have made bad decisions or goofed up their life (like the billboard I saw recently which read: “Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and make bad decisions.”) and then rant and rave about God’s unjustness or unfairness? Too many times to count, that’s for sure. Instead of recognizing that he or she was responsible for the condition they are in, they blame God instead, because it’s just easier to feel that God could have gotten them out of trouble if He had wanted to.

There was an interesting and provocatively titled book several years ago by Pastor Greg Boyd entitled “Is God To Blame?” The people referenced in Proverbs 19:3 would say with no hesitation: “Yes.” And as a result, I wonder if those people ever get out of the ruinous situation they find themselves in.

All I could think about for hours after reading that particular proverb and verse was this: “God, don’t let me be one of those foolish people who blame You for my foolishness. At least if I can accept responsibility for the mess I get myself into, there’s a chance I can get out of it and back on the right track.” (Of course, I’d rather not get into a mess in the first place, but that’s another topic for another time!)

 

 

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