Thursday, January 2

The Blame Game

Scripture: Genesis 3-5, Luke 2

Genesis 3:11–13 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 

12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” 

13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” 

“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”

Observation

Adam and Eve were persuaded by the serpent to disobey God.  When God asked them, “What have you done?” they blamed others.  Rather than owning up, confessing, asking forgiveness and vowing to change, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent.

And we’ve been blaming ever since.  Rather than face our moral guilt, we’d like to pin it on someone else.  It’s the Blame Game.

This is what sin does: it not only destroys our relationship with God but also ruins our relationships with each other.  

Application

When faced with your own sin, moral guilt or bad choices, rather than automatically seeking to blame someone else, stop and face the music.  Own your own crap!  It’s the first step to reconnecting with God and others. 

And help others do that too.  When our kids would blame each other, we’d say, “Yes, but what did you do?”  

I’m grateful that Jesus came offering God’s grace, which allows us to confess our sin, knowing that we’ll be forgiven!  Without grace, we will just keep hiding and blaming.

1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

Prayer: Thank You for Your grace that allows me to own up, be forgiven and change.  Help me to stop the blame game, own my stuff and change by Your power!