James 1:13-14~“When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”
I believe that whenever people begin blaming God for everything wrong in their lives, they are doing it as a scapegoat mechanism rather than to face the truth. I speak from personal experience for the times that I blamed God for my own unfortunate circumstances which occurred mostly as a result of sinning against Him. I had so many painful emotions wrapped in a ball of guilt that it temporarily blinded me from the real culprit; me as my own worst enemy. I used God as the go to excuse for all the bad that came knocking on my door instead of looking in the mirror and accepting responsibility for self, or looking to another source of my heartache, which nine times out of ten was another human being—not God.
As for the misfortunate events that are beyond our control; the power of free will often plays a huge role in poor choices made by others. For instances, let’s say that someone decided to drive while under the influence of alcohol, crashing into another car which resulted in fatality. The people who died were victims of the drunk driver who chose to drive irresponsibly; therefore, the sole blame would be on that careless individual. However, the family of those victims may still choose to blame God for the death of their loved ones because they knew He could have prevented the crash from ever happening. Actually God could have prevented the crash if it was in alignment to His will, but on the other hand, God gave us all free will to live our lives as we see fit, based on His commandments.
There are usually lessons that we must learn in the midst of unexpected tragedy so that we ultimately become stronger, more mature followers of Christ. One of the most important aspects when ministering to others is sharing our own story—testifying can only be accomplished after undergoing a myriad of tests. There are many different seasons of this life and God expects us to vigilantly run the good race through them all.
Ecclesiastes 3:1~“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
The truth of the matter is that we should all live with a faithful spirit according to the eternal Word of God. There will be difficult times for every human experience on God’s green planet, whether good, bad or indifferent; we must walk in unwavering faith through all circumstances. Basically, the only thing any of us can really do is striving to live in righteousness, with a reverent heart for Jesus Christ; learning to pick ourselves up when pushed down and to look within, or to others for the real cause of our earthly woes. God is loving and compassionate, but most of all, He is merciful, forgiving us of our sins. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to pay the ultimate price for each and every one of us; so who are we to ever blame God for anything. Whatever hardships and sufferings we may need to endure, they could never in a million years compare to the depth of pain and suffering that Christ bared on the Cross for our sake.
Hopefully we all will eventually learn to stop hiding in a place of denial or convenient amnesia of blaming God for our misfortunes; but rather seek peace and truth in the magnitude of His loving grace and sacrifice. Life could be so much easier by accepting that all things occur for a reason and season according to God’s grace and divine purpose.
2 Timothy 1:9~“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”