Job 7:20 Blaming God And Self

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If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20 

When things go wrong in life, people want to find out why they went wrong. They want a reason as to why something had occurred so they can avoid it the next time.

If the cause of the problems was being on the wrong side of town, they will begin to avoid that side of town. If the cause was from a person, then they will avoid that person.

However, often the cause cannot be directly seen. Then people will begin to blame themselves or God.

As Job was going through an extreme amount of suffering, he was trying to understand why it was happening. He questioned God in wondering if he had sinned in some way or not to bring on the suffering. He also wondered if he had become a burden to God and God was trying to get rid of him.

Just like Job, people today will ask those same questions. Neither Job, nor people today, see the bigger picture. They could not see that the cause of the suffering was neither their sin, nor God wanting to get rid of them. Seeing the larger picture reveals it was Satan causing the suffering, and God allowing it to prove Job was faithful.

God’s ways are far above the ways  and thinking of any man. No one can fully understand them. People are not supposed to lean on their own understanding, but to trust God.

Rather than blame self or God, one must accept and trust God’s ways. Examine self for sin, but then repent and know that those sins are now gone and are no longer a factor in suffering.

Instead of blaming God or yourself for the suffering you are going through, trust in God and give Him praise that He knows what is best for you. Praise Him that He is with you throughout the time of suffering and has eternal life waiting for you in the end.

God’s love and mercy is greater than you or any sin you have done. Once you have repented of your sins, they are gone and God no longer holds them against you.

Now trust Him, instead of blaming self or Him for the suffering you are going through.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness He offers; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that God will reveal His presence in your life. 

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Job 4:7 False Counsel

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“Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?” Job 4:7 

When something bad happens to a person, many believe that the person must have done something wrong. Often it is that he must have made a bad choice  that brought on the bad situation in his life. According to the world, a person is in control of his whole life, bad things should never occur to a good person.

Once something happens bad to a person, many begin to question the why of what happened. They start searching for answers wanting to solve the problem. In this process the wrong answer is often believed.

Job had done nothing wrong and was notated as living an upright and innocent life, yet, he lost everything. One of his friends, Eliphaz, came by with some counsel on what had occurred. Part of his suggestion was that Job was guilty of some sin, because no one innocent or upright has ever been destroyed like this.

While Eliphaz’s thoughts seem logical, they fall short of understanding God’s ways. There have been many people who were innocent and upright who have perished. No, they did not perish for eternity, but they perished here on this earth. They were killed or became sick to the point of death or something else bad occurred.

Take a look at Jesus, perfect and holy, yet He suffered and died. In a sense He was destroyed. His body on this earth was killed. However, despite the killing, because He was perfect and holy, He rose again and was not destroyed eternally.

The believer in Jesus is also made holy and righteous before God through the power of Jesus. He may suffer and die here on this earth, but it is only a temporary death, he will be raised again to life.

As a believer, do not be quick to judge yourself or others for problems occurring in life. Allow God to examine you and point out any sins you may have that may have brought on the suffering, but also accept that it may not be caused by your sins.

God does allow suffering and pain in the lives of His children. Don’t give the false counsel of blaming personal sin for personal problems always. Sometimes it is God working in your life as He was in Job’s life.

You cannot always see behind the scenes as to what God is doing or why He allows something. However, you can trust Him fully.

I pray today that you will trust God’s work in your life; that God will reveal any sin in your life; that God will strengthen you during sufferings; and that God will make you more like Jesus. 

Genesis 45:8 No One To Blame

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.” Genesis 45:8

Hard times come upon every person at one point or another, and even often more than one time in life. Things change, people get sick or die, things break down, injuries, fights, disagreements, and more.

As things happen that are not very good or positive, the first thing many people try to do is figure out who to blame in why things went bad. Or they want to know why things went bad in their life. People want to know the purpose behind all negative things. Just as a little child asks the question ‘why?’ so do adults when things go bad.

Often it is easy to blame someone for what went wrong. The person said or did something that was bad and it caused a problem and a change in life. This is what it looked like for Joseph from an outside perspective. His brothers sold him into slavery, then, he gets falsely accused and put in prison. Everything looks terrible and individuals can be blamed–his brothers, and his master’s wife.

Yet, Joseph becomes second, only to Pharaoh in Egypt and provider of food for the world. He saw this as God’s doing in order to meet the needs of the people later on. God knew the drought was coming and set Joseph up to help meet that need. Joseph did not blame his brothers, nor God. He accepted and proclaimed that God sent him to Egypt to help the people, even though it was through slavery and imprisonment.

Believers will go through hard times, yet it is not anyone’s fault. God is in control and allows bad things to happen for a purpose. That purpose may be for the individual or it may be for others, but either way it is to glorify God.

As you go through hard times, and you will some day, do not be quick to blame someone else or get angry with God. Ask God to reveal the purpose for the hard time. Ask God how you can use that difficult time to spread His gospel message and bring Him glory. Ask Him how you can help others through your difficult time.

God can and will use you in the best way possible. Are you willing to be used despite the trouble it might be?

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not be angry at what God allows in your life; and that you will use all situations for His glory.

Genesis 3:12 Blaming Others

 

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The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12

When God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden, He told them that they could eat of any trees except for one. Eve allowed the snake to deceive her and Adam allowed Eve to deceive him. Both ate of the fruit by their own choice.

Later when God found them, Adam blamed Eve for breaking the rule, and Eve blamed the snake. Neither one accepted responsibility for what they had chosen to do.

Blaming others for something done wrong has not changed over the centuries. People are constantly blaming others for what their own personal actions. Children blame friends or siblings for wrongs that they chose to do. Adults are no different from the children. They blame their parents for reasons as to why they chose to do wrong later in life. Adults will also blame society, the government, neighborhood, employer, the economy, and nearly anything else as to why they choose to do wrong.

The devil is still in the business to deceive people. He wants every person to choose to do wrong against God. However, it is still the choice of the individual. No one, nor the devil, can make a person do something without their consent.

Believers must always be willing to choose God’s path in their life. Then when they do make a mistake and follow the ways of this world, they must also admit their mistake. They cannot blame someone else.

In the end when a person stands before God at the judgment seat, God will not accept blaming someone else for the sin. It is a personal choice to sin.

The temptation to sin may be very high at times in your life. The pressure to go against God may very great. Yet, you have a choice to make in the end.

Then if you do make the wrong choice, you also have one who you can go to for forgiveness. Go to Jesus, admit your sin, and seek His forgiveness. God is always ready to forgive, but you must be willing to admit the sin and seek that forgiveness. God does not forgive without repentance.

Do not try to blame others for your actions. Take responsibility for your actions and sin, and seek God for forgiveness.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to deception; that you will turn to God during times of temptation; that you will take responsibility for your own sins before God; and that you will repent of your sins to God.