I can’t count how many times I’ve asked my kids whose fault something was, and fingers get pointed in everyone else’s direction. Blame shifting. We all know it and have done it. It’s in our DNA apparently. The human race has been shifting blame since the Garden of Eden when Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake. Not only do we blame others, but the Bible tells us sometimes we even blame the Unblameable One:

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.”

— Proverbs 19:3 (NLT) —

There are times when others are to blame, but let’s be honest here. There are many times when our lives are a mess because we made the mess. We dug the pit and fell in it. We set the trap and got caught in it. Let’s be really careful when we’re tempted to blame God for something.

There’s a big difference between God causing something and God allowing something.

God is not the source of pain, confusion, depression, or messes. That’s the devil. Jesus said when the Devil speaks, he speaks in lies because that’s his native language (John 8:44). The Devil came to steal, kill, and destroy. It’s just what he does for fun.

Blame shifting is in our blood, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. In fact, it’s often wrong. Although God didn’t cause your pain, He’s an expert at harnessing pain and redeeming it for your good and His glory. Own your foolishness, shift the blame back to yourself, learn what you need to learn, and move forward. You’ll be glad you did.

K E V I N • M I L L E R


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