Quit the blame game and let the Lord lead the way
Does this ever happen: a player does not show up for all of the practices, doesn’t give his best effort, doesn’t learn the plays and blames the team and coaches for poor performance? Do people ever waste time at work, gossip, give less than their best, then get irate with their boss when penalized and/or corrected for their performance? How often do we want to enjoy the blessings of God without learning and trusting His ways, yet get annoyed, frustrated with and/or blame Him when we experience the consequences of ignoring what is best? Does this describe others that you know? Does this describe you?
There was a king of Israel that was guilty of this. He brought misery and hardship on himself and the nation of Israel because of it. Ahab and his wife Jezebel rejected God’s commands for Israel and incurred a 3 year famine (1 Kings 16:29-17:1). The famine was so severe that the king was faced with killing his own animals because there was not enough food and water to care for them. King Ahab knew he rejected God’s ways and was aware of his sin, but he never accepted responsibility for his actions or changed.
After 3 years of famine, God told his prophet Elijah to visit King Ahab and rain would return to the land of Israel. When Ahab finally saw the man of God, do you know what he did? Ahab did not repent, apologize or ask how he could change. Instead, he blamed Elijah for the famine (18:17)! Thankfully, God restored rain to the land, but Ahab still did not accept responsibility for his sin at that time. As you read about Ahab’s life, you will observe that he was hard to please, whined a lot and brought sorrow and pain to a lot of people.
It is always in our, and others’, best interest to trust God. Pride, our ego, wants us to believe we can reject wisdom, ignore the source of life, and make our own way. Sadly, this will come at the expense of others and our own well-being. We may not always see that immediately, or how it always happens, but it does. We bless ourselves and other when we learn from our mistakes, take responsibility for our actions and change. Don’t be the person that never learns and always blames others. God is willing to reveal where you have trusted the blame game more than Him. Ask God to show you the areas of your life where you resist His instruction. Praise God, He will lift you up from the valley of blindness and show you the way (James 4:10).