Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Blame Game

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Genesis 3:11-13, NKJV

The Blame Game

From the very beginning, it has been very hard, when confronted with sin, to take the blame. Right here, when confronted with their first sin, Eve, and then Adam, both blamed someone else rather than take responsibility for their own sin.

God went right to Adam, the head of the family, and said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" As the head of the family, Adam was the first one God confronted. 

How did Adam respond? "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate."  Notice that Adam was subtly blaming both the woman and God. The woman gave me the fruit, but it is the woman that you, God, gave to me!

God went next to Eve and asked, "What is this you have done?" What was the response of Eve? Eve said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 

While everything they said may have been true, did that lessen their punishment? In other words, did God say to Adam that it was not his fault because Eve was the one who gave him the fruit? No, though Adam was right in saying that Eve gave him the fruit, he was still responsible before God to be obedient to God.

Did God tell Eve that it was not really her fault because the serpent deceived her? No! Deceived or not, Eve was still disobedient before a righteous and holy God.

Is it no wonder that we are so like Adam and Eve. How easy for us is it to take responsibility for our own actions? Are we willing to admit being wrong, or do we constantly blame others for our mistakes and our difficulties? What really is at the center of our "blame game?" Pride! Pride was at the center of the first sin, and our own pride causes much of the difficulties we face in this life.

Why is it so difficult for people to come to Christ for salvation? I fear that pride, again, is the culprit. To come to Christ, we must come in lowly humility, confessing our own sin and inability to serve God in the holy and righteous manner He requires. Nothing in us deserves salvation. God did not choose us because we were a better choice than the unsaved people around us. In spite of our own sin and unworthiness, God chose us. Only upon falling before Christ as being totally unworthy of His great love can we truly come to accept Him as our own personal Lord and Savior.

What does the book of Proverbs have to say about the sin of pride?

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. Proverbs 8:13, NKJV

When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2, NKJV

By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. Proverbs 13:10, NKJV

In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. Proverbs 14:3, NKJV

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18, NKJV

A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29:23, NKJV

As we think of the story of Adam and Eve, let us fall before the Lord Jesus Christ and ask him to help us shake off the sin of pride and quit playing the "blame game."

God Bless You,

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