Here is a verse that even unbelievers must admit is true. There is no denying this fact. No one escapes the world without difficulties and disappointments. Everyone has their story. And, just about everyone wants to blame someone for something– even if it is God!
I recently read about a woman who, while describing her daughter’s suffering before she died, accused God of “sitting on His hands” rather than helping. Yeah it really happened. And, if the truth be known, although they wouldn’t say it, many others feel the same way. They are bitter and they blame God for their misery.
Why is it that we feel we must always blame something or someone for our problems? I am aware of the stock answers, such as– “Because I am frustrated”, “Because I am confused”, “Because I’m angry”, “Because I am in pain”, etc. But, why the need to know? Would knowing the reason solve the problem? We might think so, but I doubt it.
Would we not be more at peace if we simply acknowledged that it is impossible to understand some things? Rather than blaming God for the problem we ought to trust Him as our help in time of need. We ought to acquaint ourselves with His ways and be at peace. We ought to rely upon His promises and rejoice. We must realize that His plan extends far beyond this vale of tears into eternity–as Paul said in Phil. 3:20-21 “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” We see nothing in context if we ignore what God has prepared for those that love Him. It is only when we consider the big picture that we are able to cope with our present problems and continue on in pursuit of life’s purpose.
We get bitter because we think we deserve better. However, if we could see ourselves as we really are we would never feel deprived or mistreated. Believing we deserve nothing enables us to be content with anything. Knowing we all have it better than we deserve and that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights..“(James 1:17) encourages us to rejoice even in our troubles. When we fail to do this let us blame no one but ourselves.