The Fall • Devotion #5: Blame Game
Isaiah Combs | Worship Leader
I had a problem when I was younger. I did not like to take responsibility for my actions. I was always trying to find an angle or an excuse to get me out of trouble that I had caused. My parents always said I would make a great lawyer. If I got bad grades at school, I would blame it on distractions or the teachers teaching style. Whatever I could find, I would use to try and get out of trouble. I did this with most everything. Mom would ask, “Why didn’t you clean your room?” I would quickly respond, “I couldn’t clean it because my bothers were still playing.” It did not matter what it was, it was never my fault, and I blamed it on someone else.
My Dad would wisely counsel me every time. He would challenge me that I needed to learn to take responsibility for my actions and the things around me. He would then say that this is how leaders were made.
The very first story of a man in the Bible is a story of a blame game. Adam and Eve had just eaten from the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil” and were hiding in the garden when Jesus found them. Adam immediately blamed his sin on Eve. He not only blames Eve but blames God for giving him Eve. The blame game has been a problem from the beginning.
Genesis 3:12 says, “The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’”
Eventually, it clicked in my brain, and I stopped blaming others and began to take responsibility for my actions. It is amazing how things around you begin to change once you take an active leadership roll in your life. It was now my responsibility to make things happen, and when things go wrong, taking full responsibility.
“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” Galatians 6:4-5