Oftentimes, we blame the Lord for the many circumstances we get ourselves into and the many failures we reap from our mistakes.
Christians everywhere are under the notion that..."Since I am a child of God, why do I have to go through all the negative things that happen in my life?" "After all, I'm a child of God and I don't deserve to be treated this way."
It is this very attitude that has believers pointing the finger at God. And when things don't go our way, we begin to question and accuse God. Maybe not directly, but indirectly instead.
How so, you ask?
By getting depressed and slacking in your Christian obligations -- becoming slothful in prayer and study of His word. By not doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, you maintain a spirit of thanklessness, you have a lack of desire to praise and worship the Lord, you have no joy in your salvation -- you give others the impression that living for God is a rough and regretful way of living.
If you've been found doing any of those things just mentioned, you've been blaming God for your misfortune. If this were not the case, then why was your commitment to God affected -- God had nothing to do with what happened to you. And if God had nothing to do with what happened to you, then your relationship with Him should not have been altered.
Too many times, we are misled by our own thoughts and rationalizations. We think that simply because we are God's children, God should automatically sanction and bless everything that we set out to do and bless everything that we're in. This is true if everything we set out to do was according to God's holy word and everything that we were in was sanctioned by God, but the fact of the matter is, that many things we do cannot be found anywhere in scripture.
Because of this, we forfeit the blessing that the Lord wants to give to us because God obligates himself to His word to bless you when you abide by the terms and conditions He sets forth in scripture.
Many of us are aware that God desires to bless us. We've heard many people testify how good the Lord is and how wonderful a life in God really is. We've also learned that it is the Father's pleasure to give to us the kingdom, etc.
All of this is true. And every blessing promised in and through the word is meant for all of us. However, God does not obligate himself to fulfill any promise or impart any blessing when we refuse to abide by the conditions of His word.
All of God's promises and blessings are based upon His word. When we seek to fulfill the word of God, then God will seek to fulfill His promises and blessings in our lives today.
Before pointing the finger at God, take a close look at your hand because there are three fingers pointing back at you. God takes no pleasure to see His children suffer especially when He has made available everything we need to avoid hardship (II Peter 1:3).
Written By: Bishop Lloyd R. Ocampo
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Great article! And now that most Christians mix up Christianity with the idea of heaven on earth and blessings, people have a very strange idea of what life owes them. If God has allowed something bad to come into our lives, it's because he wanted to strenghten our characters. But for the most part, God doesn't usually get us into the fixes we find ourselves in: the world, the flesh, the devil and ourselves, those are the real culprits. Great article!