My dad has this very funny statement:
“The Lord gets blamed for a lot of stuff that has nothing to do with Him.”
Being in ministry for so many years, he’s seen the Lord get blamed for a lot. We blame Him for our problems, irritations, time constraints, job losses, house and car repairs, money we don’t have, our mate’s whatever, or our children’s needs.
I found myself doing this not long ago.
For several months, I experienced one challenge after another, and as I prayed for God to do something about it all, you can guess what happened.
Nothing changed. So I did what we often do.
What We Do When Nothing Happens
I prayed with more intensity, tried harder, and became more irritated as the challenges continued. As nothing (from my perspective) changed, I began doing exactly what Dad’s funny little statement says . . . I began to blame God for stuff He had nothing to do with.
The Lord had allowed the issues and challenges to continue, but I had chosen my attitude and response, which was my doing and not the Lord’s.
What’s Your Attitude?
Scripture tells us we are going to suffer in many ways; that is a given. How we suffer is a choice—a choice in attitude and in how we trust our God.
Scripture also tells us that the difficulties are actually for our good, but we get so angry over hardships, hurts, sorrows, grief, lost dreams, past betrayals, sick children, or chronic pain that we are blinded to the good work God is doing.
We can end up blaming our good and faithful God for attitudes we have chosen. And when we blame Him, we miss so much of life and distance ourselves from God and others.
The blame-game never works out.
Wisdom from God’s Word
This passage has made all the difference in the world for me; I hope it does for you as well. Jesus said:
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” (Mark 8:34–35 NLT)
Let Me Hear from You
What are some of the things you are blaming God for? Let them out, and let them go. It’s okay. You can leave a comment by clicking here.