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.

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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. 

2 Samuel 24:17 Show Love, Admit When You Are Wrong

When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the LORD, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? Let your hand fall on me and my family.” 2 Samuel 24:17

David had chosen to take a census of all the men able to be in his army, even after being warned not to do so. This was in direct violation of God’s rules. Immediately he realized his error, but God was still going to do a punishment. David chose to let God punish by bringing an angel of death over the people of the land. At one point David goes to God and says that He should not kill the people, but to harm David and his family because he was the one who sinned and not the people.

Allowing someone else to receive the blame or punishment for something that was done wrong is a common practice in the world. Leaders will do something wrong and instead of taking the blame, they blame someone else and allow that person to be punished. It is very common for people to run around the truth and ignore what they did wrong and allow others to pay for it. There is no love being shown.

As a believer, you must always admit when you are wrong. God sees and knows the truth, regardless of whether you admit it or not.

David showed his great love for the people by admitting he was the one who did wrong and asking the punishment be removed from the people. You can also stand up for your own sin and ask God for mercy on others.

When the world sees you admit your sin and take your punishment, they will also see God’s love working in and through you. You will stand out as someone different.

Allow God to work through you in every situation in your life, both the good and the bad. Show your love for others by not shifting the blame to others or allowing them to pay for your wrong.

I pray today that you will admit to God all your sins; that you will trust Jesus for forgiveness; that you will not blame anyone for what you have done; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.