Isn't it amazing how often we look for someone to blame for our performance? I do it. You do it. We all do it.
On Superbowl Weekend this is a good question to ask: "What's wrong with us?"
Does it make sense to blame the One who lets us know if we're out of bounds, and our progress will come to grinding halt unless we get back in bounds?
"Wow, I'm sorry, but I can't count anything you do while out-of-bounds as forward progress. You'll have to actually be on the field to make your effort count."
Does it seem logical to blame the One who points it out when we commit a foul, and we're in danger of being pulled out of the game if we don't start playing nice with the other children?
"Oh my, you know there's no benefit in hitting the Quarterback like a freight train after he has already thrown the ball. That's a personal foul. Someone could get hurt. So, let's have no more of that. Oh, and stop biting."
Aren't we a curious people - blaming Another for our desires, our behavior and our results?
Amazing. We're simply amazing.
James 1:13-18 - Don't blame God when you are tempted! God cannot be tempted by evil, and he doesn't use evil to tempt others. We are tempted by our own desires that drag us off and trap us. Our desires make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead. Don't be fooled, my dear friends. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. He wanted us to be his own special people, and so he sent the true message to give us new birth.