Before you gasp and cover your mouth in shock thinking “how can someone blame God?” I’d like you to know that you’re not innocent of this either. In times past, we have all faulted God for one thing or the other. We have blamed Him for the evil that has happened to us or for the hurt we were feeling. Sadly, this has for some people, weakened their relationship with God and for some others, caused them to fall away totally. Today’s blog would be explaining to you why you should never blame God.
“God why did you do this to me?” You might have asked this question or something similar before, I have too. Many times, we experience unpleasant things such as disappointment and loss and we feel lost, unsure of what to do or who to hold responsible. In such moments, blaming God seems like the easiest way. Sometimes, we even feel better about ourselves after we have passed blame to someone else. We have however been getting it all wrong, God is not to blame!
God is never behind evil. He is holy so His plans and ways are holy too (1 Peter 1:16; Isaiah 6:3). He would not hurt you deliberately, although, He may permit the pain so that you come out stronger because gold can never be pure except it is exposed to fire (2 Corinthians 12:9; 1 Peter 1:6-7). The truth is that we live in a corrupted world, a world where pain and sufferings are inevitable. The lows would come and it’s part of life. On some days we pray and it feels like our prayers were not heard and on some other days it feels like God is doing the total opposite of what we asked. On such days we feel like where is God in all of this? Why is He letting me hurt this way?
It is important that we note that God never promised there would be no storm, He only promised peace through that storm (John 14:27). James 1:2 tells us to count it as joy when we go through diverse troubles. Did you note that it says “when” and not “if”? that is to say, the troubles would come but you should joy in it. Why? Romans 8:28 tells us why: “all things work together for the good of those love God who are called according to His purpose”. The Lord works in diverse ways and if we are being honest, we can never fully understand all His ways. Those diverse ways He works in includes our heartbreaks and heartaches. However, if we keep trying to take out all that hurt and anger on Him, we would never come to the realization of the great things He wants to accomplish in us.
When we are faced with situations which may want us to blame God, there is only one way to tackle it, and that is trust. We should not blame God for our pain, rather, we can trust Him through it. As we learned last week, there is little or nothing blame does to help us. But when we put our trust in God regardless of our pain, we see His perfect plan for us.
Blame is not orchestrated by God; it is a pure tactic of the devil. Here’s how. When we blame God for our pain, it affects our relationship with Him. Some others don’t recover from it and end up walking away from the faith. Some lose their initial zeal and fire for the Lord. The devil uses the blame game as his tactic to draw our attention away from God, such that we miss the mark. That was his plan when he attacked Job, to cause him to curse God and die (Job 2:9).
Meanwhile, if you are not born again, your pain is your pain; God is not working through it. He cannot work in someone who has no regard for Him anyway. Nevertheless, your narrative can be changed today…from having to always bear your pains all by yourself to having Jesus Christ bear it for you (Matthew 11:25-30). You can start seeing God working in and through you from today if you are willing to say this prayer: “Lord, I admit that I have sinned and have shown no regard to you in time past, but today I receive your forgiveness and accept your salvation made available to me on the cross, I receive today, Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior”. Amen.