Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, April 19th, 2020
Hope: When We Blame
And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth;
So You destroy the hope of man.
You prevail forever against him, and he passes on;
You change his countenance and send him away.
His sons come to honor, and he does not know it;
They are brought low, and he does not perceive it.
Job 14:19 (NKJV)
The Lord God asked. 'Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?

The man replied, 'It was the woman You gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.'

Then the Lord God asked the woman, 'What have you done?'

'The serpent deceived me," she replied. 'That's why I ate it.'
Genesis 3:11-13 (NLT)
Clearly, Job blamed God for his misfortunes, but he didn't curse God or lose his faith in the Lord's absolute sovereignty. Consequently, the Lord corrected Job,* because no one can fully understand God's time-spanning, panoramic purpose.

He also restored and rewarded Job, who in turn exposed Satan's dead-wrong lie in his indictment of the human race.

Adam and Eve also played the blame game, in its more common and dangerous form. When God called them out on their grievous sin, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent.

Neither assumed responsibility for making the poorest of decisions. If they'd repented immediately, would their fate (and ours) have been different? Only God knows, but here's what we do know:

1) Blaming other people for anything, whether they made small or major mistakes, doesn't help-- because we make mistakes, too.

2) Blame harms both the giver and receiver of inappropriate accusations. Better to shake off offense and push through.

3) God wants us to see the bigger picture: the one of repentance and forgiveness, where we follow His written Commandments.

4) Hope rises above all circumstances. It refuses to join any blame game. Its scope is far too large for petty sport.

## Hope: When We Blame (Part 8)

* 'The Lord said to Job:
'Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him?
Let him who accuses God answer Him!'
Then Job answered the Lord:

'I am can I reply to You?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer--
twice, but I will say no more.'
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:

'Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer Me.
Would you discredit My justice?
Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?' ' (Job 40:1-8 (NIV)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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