Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Blame Game

But now you have rejected him and cast him off. You are angry with your anointed king. You have renounced your covenant with him; you have thrown his crown in the dust. You have broken down the walls protecting him and ruined every fort defending him. Everyone who comes along has robbed him, and he has become a joke to his neighbors. You have strengthened his enemies and made them all rejoice. You have made his sword useless and refused to help him in battle. You have ended his splendor and overturned his throne. You have made him old before his time and publicly disgraced him. Psalm 89: 38-45 NLT

Having a child in elementary school can really change your outlook on what being mature means. Just when you think your child is older than his birthdate, you realize how much your child still needs to grow. For instance, how about the blaming game? It is always someone else's fault or due to someone else's behavior that your own child was punished. If you push and ask questions, you often find that perhaps your child was not so innocent that he made himself out to be.

Kind of like the psalmist.

The psalmist complains that God has forgotten all the many promises God made to David and his descendants. Yet, even within those words of promise, there were things David and his heirs were to do. Just because the psalmist is blaming God does not mean that the current king is not responsible as well.

Who do you blame for your current difficulties? Where do you see your own responsibility in these same problems?

God, forgive us when we blame you and act like immature children. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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