March 29, 2015 -
“WHERE DOES THE BLAME LIE?”
We are all familiar with the story of Adam and Eve. God gave them everything they needed, but with that came one stipulation. He told them not to eat fruit from the apple tree. Unfortunately for mankind, they did not obey His rule. When God questioned Eve about eating the forbidden fruit, she said “The serpent deceived me.” Adam took it one step further, not only blaming Eve for his sin, but indirectly inferring it was somehow God’s fault when he protested: “The woman whom You gave to me gave me the tree . . .” Yes, from the time of Adam and Eve, we have become a race of “blameshifters” when it comes to taking responsibility for sin.
It’s always easier to point the finger of guilt elsewhere. When a child gets in trouble, it is almost guaranteed that he or she will try to pin the blame on one of their friends. Husbands blame wives . . .wives blame husbands . . .workers blame coworkers . . . it goes on and on and on. Where does the Devil fit in with all of this?
While we strongly believe that Satin labors tirelessly to tempt us to sin (he even worked overtime on our Lord Himself in the Judean wilderness at the beginning of His ministry), he cannot make us do anything. God gave each of us a free will to choose what course of behavior to follow and He has clearly mapped out the road we should travel if we truly seek His kingdom. The advice given to use by the Apostle James provides us with the perfect “battle plan” in fighting temptation: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). If we falter in our attempt to fight off temptation, then we must have enough maturity to confess our sins and forgiveness.