Blame (2)

11 October 2018
‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.’

Yesterday we thought about the times we blame others. Today we’re focusing on the times we blame God. Maybe we’ve prayed about something, and it feels like God’s not listening or not answering. Maybe we prayed for healing, and the person got worse. Maybe we thought God said He’d do a miracle, and we see nothing. We get disappointed. We get angry. We blame Him for everything that’s going wrong in our lives. It’s not bad to show God our emotions, after all He knows them anyway. In Psalm 13, we see David in a pretty bad place. ‘How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?…How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?’ (vv.1-2 NIV). David felt that he’d been abandoned by God. And we can feel like that too. We feel that He’s let us down by not doing what we wanted Him to do. But He says: ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV). We won’t always understand how God works. We won’t always be able to see Him working, or see the bigger picture. That’s where trust and faith come in. David ends Psalm 13 with: ‘But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me’ (vv.5-6 NIV). Will we express our emotions to God and then remember His goodness? Will we be honest with Him and then refuse to let anger, disappointment and blame break down our relationship with God?

 

What Now?

Be completely honest with God today. Tell Him everything you’re feeling. Then spend time worshipping Him and remembering His goodness to you.

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