Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Do You Believe That Someone Else Is Responsible For Your Situation?”
Casting the blame onto others or “passing the buck”is quite common in our world since the beginning of time. It is a person’s fleshly, sinful and cowardly act of failing to take the responsibility for one’s very own wrongful act as they attempt to attribute it to another person or group.
History has revealed young people blaming their parents, and/or parents blaming their society for their lack of values or good upbringing. Our political arena is in shambles because each party accuses one another instead of seeking a common ground for the benefit of all the people.
How many husbands have had affairs because they tried to blame their spouse for being cold, unloving or not able to satisfy their emotional or sexual needs. Satan’s temptations are not only attractive but deceptive. For the wages of sin is still death.
The rich blame the poor and the poor blame the rich for the ill conditions in our society. Bigotry and gender bias is on the rise again as situations are about to re-ignite on the scene with everyone pointing the finger at the other person or group. Then if that’s not enough, recently in the news, a convicted murderer tried to blame his evil activities on the fast foods and pastries that he had earlier consumed!
Rather than holding yourself personally accountable and then seeking forgiveness, deliverance, healing and guidance, many attempt to cast the blame on others to ascribe or cover up their sins. But God holds each individual personally responsible for their own disobedience, failures, sins and lack of faith.
The Lord has given you “the power of choice.” Now as God seeks to influence your choice, Satan also seeks to influence your actions and decisions. God has created man to be a free moral agent, whose individual decisions will determine their destiny. Such was the case back in the Garden of Eden.
God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a paradise environment with the simple instructions NOT to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for in the day they would, they would die.
Once Eve was tempted and ate the forbidden fruit she quickly turned to Adam and he, not weakened, impaired or deceived, immediately knowingly and deliberately ate of the same. Adam plainly showed contempt for what God had done for him by placing a higher value on his relationship with his wife than on his relationship and communion with his creator.
Then Genesis 3:7 NIV says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Then they ran and tried to hide from God.
Then in Genesis 3:9, God calls out, “Adam, where are you?” Adam and Eve did not manage to hide themselves in a place where God couldn’t see them, for where can you go to avoid His Presence? NO, this indicates that God wanted them to bring themselves out as He came searching for those who were now lost. But out of disobedience, they were now afraid of God’s holiness. Before they sinned they welcomed God’s gracious visits with joy, but now he was a terror to them.
Their answers to God’s questions only revealed that neither was willing to accept that they had failed. Adam no longer referred to Eve as “bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh” but now blamed God for her presence and actions.
Genesis 3: 12-13 NIV says, “The man said, the woman you put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Adam and Eve both tried to excuse the sin by laying the blame and shame on others. Satan may tempt, but he cannot force you to do anything contrary to your will. He may suggest, persuade or entice you to sin but he cannot “make” you do it. If his subtlety draws you into sin, then you must rightfully admit to your sinful activities.
When a child messes up and honestly comes and admits it, what loving parent would not forgive and embrace the child? There may be a punishment, yes, but that only serves to strengthen the child’s character. How much more will your loving Father in Heaven, who gave His only Son to die for your sins, embrace and love you? The final question is, will you run away from the Father’s immense loving forgiveness by trying to shift the blame, when He who knows all and sees all, already knows the truth?