The Blame Game, read the material or download a PDF here.
“It’s not my fault”, Timmy said to his mother. Her favourite flower fause had broken while Timmy was at home alone. He wonders who he can blame it on, but with them not having pets his options were severely limited.
The desire to play the blame game is not a new one, it started in the Garden of Eden when God asked Adam and Eve why they were hiding. They felt ashamed and when asked why they had eaten of the fruit Adam blames Eve, who in turn blames the serpent.
It’s not my fault, it’s my parents, or teachers, my generation, the country I was born in. We can blame many things for our mistakes (accidents?).
In redemption God has always reached out to us first. He calls out to Adam and Eve in the garden, He saved Israel from bondage in Egypt and Jesus came to earth to die in our place and to pour out His blood as an offering to atone for our sins. God does not wait until you get your life sorted out or wait until you are perfect before He starts his redeeming work in your life.
God continually reaches out to us.
Jeremiah 31:3 “Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” NLV
Know that God continues to love you and to draw you to Him in love.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” NIV
Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” NIV
As an eagle protects her chicks, under her wings and while keeping them warm – so God also protects us.
Throughout the Old Testament God approached people: Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc. and either spoke to them directly or through an Angel. My point is that God is pro-activate. He does not wait for us.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” NIV
There is however, a big problem with playing the blame game. If you don’t own up to your faults and ask for forgiveness, then you cannot be reconciled to God. Let that sink in for a minute. Sin separates us from God, we need to be forgiven if we are to be reunited with Him. If we refuse to accept the blame and ask for forgiveness then our relationship is not restored.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NIV