Stop Blaming God
“A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.” (Proverb 19: 3)
Every now and then I enter the cyber-civilization known as “Facebook”. I and many of my friends are very open about our faith in Christ and love for God. We often post messages sharing how the Lord is working in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
That’s when the inevitable happens. Someone who rejects God takes the opportunity to interject their thoughts on the subject:
What God? Why should I believe in God? He’s never done anything for me!
If there truly is a God, why did he allow my life to become such a mess?
Now there have been times early in my life when I shared that sentiment. I got myself involved in some bad relationships which made my life seem impossible to live. During those times when Christians approached me wanting to share the Gospel with me I had no problem telling them what to do with their so called “gospel”.
Then one day I grew up and realized something; God didn’t make a mess of my life.
I did a pretty good job of that on my own.
Whether it was my refusal to weigh the advice of my parents and elders as a young man, or just my own lack of willingness to exercise good judgment the simple truth of the matter is this:
By nature I am a sinner in both thought and action.
As a result I sought pleasure in all the wrong places. I chose the wrong people to engage in relationships with. My lack of compassion toward others would occasionally take a calm situation and turn it into something explosive. Impatience came back to bite me in the rear as well. Bottom line; my responses to the situations I encountered in this life were often sinful. Had I known how to respond properly I could have saved myself from suffering so many “stress” headaches.
The truth is I knew how I should have responded in each and every situation in my adult life. I just chose to act inappropriately. My heart was full of sin and that manifest itself in my interactions with others. So is it God’s fault that I behaved improperly? Absolutely not! All of us will have 2 methods of response to choose from in any given situation in our daily lives:
- We can reject God’s way and respond with a sinful nature;
- We can submit to God’s way and begin to respond in a Christ like nature.
If we want life in this world to be less complicated, then we need to start to make better decisions. We need to begin to do things God’s way. He doesn’t promise a life without pain, however that pain will serve a purpose and we will be made stronger as a result.
Don’t blame God when you finances are in a shambles because you have overspent your income.
Don’t blame God when your marriage is a wreck because you refuse to remain faithful to your wife.
Don’t blame God because you are in prison because you chose to steal something that wasn’t yours.
We need to man up and accept accountability for our own actions. We can’t submit to a culture which encourages the passing of blame to others for our mistakes. God wants to bless us however he will not bless sinful conduct! So the next time the thought that “God has never done anything for me” consider this:
- God owes us nothing!
- God sent his Son, Jesus, into this world to become an atoning sacrifice for my sins. A debt that I would have no hope of ever paying has been cancelled thanks be to God and the precious blood of Jesus. Do you want to know what God did for you? Watch Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”. Watch what Jesus went through during the crucifixion and then (and ONLY then) say to me “God never did anything for me”.
- We deserve nothing other than judgment!
- As children who disobey their parents deserve punishment, so I, one who has been willfully disobedient to God deserve punishment as well. Have we as a culture become foolish enough to believe we can defy the God who created us and yet turn and demand blessing from him?
Instead of being angry at a God who loves us, we need to direct that anger at the sin in our lives which is the root of our problems. So let’s try to turn things around: instead of hating God and loving sin, try loving God and hating sin. I’d be willing to bet things will begin to get a lot better.
In Jesus’ name,
Jim is guest writer for Right Turn Ministries, and as always, we appreciate his willingness to share the words God has laid on his heart.