122. Who’s to Blame?

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“Denial, as the joke goes,” Stan said, “is not a river in Africa.”

Continuing, he added, “denial and blaming others, particularly God, is something I know way too much about.”

“Sounds like confession time,” I said with a smile.

“Not so much confession, as facing reality,” Stan responded.

“The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say about foolishness and the consequences of foolish behavior.”

“It is way too easy for me to go my way, doing what I want, and then blame God for the natural consequences of my own choices.”

“More than once, when I am reaping consequences from bad choices, I have asked God why He didn’t stop me from being a fool..”

“Did He answer you?” I asked.

“He did, and He does,” Stan replied.

“He generally says that I am a little too late in asking for His help.”

Continuing, Stan said, “He reminds me He has everything in place for me to resist temptation and to avoid being foolish, but if I ignore Him and go my own way, the consequences will and do flow.”

“He says,’next time come to Me first.’”

“My response is that I will, but then I don’t.  It’s called foolishness.”

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The foolishness of man subverts his way, and his heart rages against the Lord.  Proverbs 19:3.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how often and how easy it is for me to be foolish in what I pursue.  Thank you for the truth that there are consequences that will and do flow from my behavior.  I need and I ask for your help in making decisions that are in accord with your will, and not in accord with my will when that is contrary to yours.  Help me, Lord, in being wise and not foolish.  Thank you I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

One thought on “122. Who’s to Blame?”

  1. I find that as I intentionally pursue God that I become more transparent and recognize when I have made a foolish choice and admit it. Foolishness resides in the heart with its foundations based in pride, ego and other selfish behaviors that bring the focus on self and away from God, the author and finisher of my faith. As I seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, this diminishes the foolish behavior.
    I wish I could say that foolishness no longer exists in my life, but I can’t! I can say that I am recognizing foolish behavior more quickly and arresting it! In that, I celebrate! I identify with John 3:30 reminding me that He must increase in my life and I must decrease! I celebrate Him more, recognizing that greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world!
    Frankly, I see for this life He has granted me, that it would be foolishness for me not to pursue this relationship that I have with God, exercising my free will to get to know Him and make Him known!

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