Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"The God Perspective- The Blame Game"

"And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him".  John 9:2,3

When things go wrong, one of the first things we want to do is play the "blame game".  Whose fault was it?  Who sinned?  The disciples asked Jesus this same question concerning a blind man.  Surely someone was at fault.  Surely this is a punishment for either his own sins or the sins of his parents. 

True enough there are often consequences that we face as a result of committing a sin.  For example, if you break the law you will face the consequences with either a fine or jail time.  You are at fault and brought this upon yourself-- you are to blame.  True also is the fact that sometimes we face problems that are the fault of someone else.  If a dad is a "dead beat" and won't support his children, they suffer because of him.  This was not their fault but his fault.

But most of what happens to us is not because of any fault of our own or someone else.  We live in a world that is under the curse of sin.  Because of the fall that came with Adam's disobedience the door was open to sickness, disease, hardship, violence, lawlessness, death, etc.  Sickness attacks.  Death comes and claims all ages.  Trials happen.  It is the "fault" and result of living in a sinful world. 

The God perspective doesn't want us to be constantly blaming ourselves or others for the problems we are facing.  We are often blaming the wrong one-- "neither he nor his parents sinned".  God's perspective is that regardless of what happened, why it happened, who caused it to happen, He knows how to turn it around and work it out for good.

If what you are going through is a result of consequences you are reaping because of bad choices, repent and ask the Lord's forgiveness.  If what you are going though is the result of consequences caused by someone else, forgive them.  Otherwise, what you are going through is because you are living in a sinful world, so stop blaming yourself or others.  Trust and believe that even in this the Lord knows how to "manifest His works" and bring glory through it.

Have a great day.  When things go wrong, stop playing the blame game and ask God to do a work in it. 

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