THE 12th OF FEBRUARY
THE HABIT OF BLAMING OTHERS STARTED WITH ADAM AND EVE
Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals…” – 1 Kings 18:17-18
It’s easy to blame others for our problems. From the first sin in the Garden of Eden, Adam blamed Eve and God for giving her to him, and Eve blamed the serpent (Genesis 3:12-13) as they tried to find excuses for their disobedience to God. This habit of apologizing and blaming others became part of our human nature. When we become Christians, we become temples of the Holy Spirit and our spirits are completely renewed, but our minds must also be renewed. We must learn to replace our old carnal ways with God’s ways, according to His Word.
For Ahab, it was more convenient to blame Elijah for the drought that punished the whole nation, than to admit his own sins and idolatry. Elijah knew that Ahab was seeking to kill him, but he obeyed, when God said to him, “‘Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.’ And Elijah went to appear before Ahab. There was great famine in Samaria” (1 Kings 18:1-2). We often go through similar situations when it is challenging and hard to be obedient to the Lord, but we need to always remember that the cost of disobedience is much greater in this life and in the eternal life, if we do not sincerely ask God to forgive our rebellion.
Father God, please help me to fear You always, and not be a people pleaser. Please strengthen me every time that I have to pay a price for my faith in You, so I will be obedient and choose to please You and not people. Please remind me if I ever forget to confess any sin and help me to truly repent for all I have done wrong. Please help me be responsible for my actions and not to conveniently look for excuses, or blame others, because nothing can happen against our will. Thank You for Your help and all the care You have always had for me. Amen.