“If anyone uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it, the one who opened the pit must pay the owner for the loss and take the dead animal in exchange.” Exodus 21:33-34
Today’s verses talk about one person creating a pit and not covering it up. If someone else’s animal falls into it, then the one who dug the pit must pay for the damage done. Although the words ‘take responsibility’ do not appear in these verses, the meaning is there. The one who dug the pit, is to take responsibility for creating the hazard for the other person’s animal.
Turning away from responsibility is something people have tried to do since the beginning of time. Adam tried to blame Eve, and Eve tried to blame the serpent. It is most common for people to blame others for their mistakes or wrongs. It is usually stated that someone else made me do it.
Some may not try to blame others, but will then tell the person who owned the animal, that he was not being careful with his animal. The victim then becomes the criminal. Courts are filled with cases like this and there are attorneys who make the good guy look bad.
Most people, however, just deny that they did anything wrong. They try to say that they were doing an acceptable thing digging that pit.
The common thing in all of these ways is that none take the responsibility for digging that pit and causing an animal to be injured.
Everyday you can see things like this in the news. Go to your workplace and listen to what is said and you will hear people refusing to own up to their own mistakes.
Just coming to God requires that you own up to your mistakes. You must repent of all the wrongs you have done, so that Jesus can forgive you of your sins and save you.
When you have done something wrong that hurt someone, either physically or emotionally, take responsibility to make things right. Own up to it. Do what it takes to make things better. Do not try to get out from under the wrong you did.
I pray today that God will reveal to you ways you have done wrong to others; that God will open doors for you to mend any wrongs done; that God will strengthen you to take responsibility for all of your actions; and that God will draw others to Jesus because of your actions.