Saturday, February 19, 2011

February 19th – Proverbs 19: Owning Your Failures

“A man's own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD.” – Proverbs 19:3

Time and time again I have watched people royally mess up their lives through their own bad decisions only to turn and get angry at God!
The way it happens is like this:

We’re presented with a problem or difficulty. (Nobody said life was going to be easy, especially God) We respond badly to a bad situation, which is BAD. Things get worse and start melting down. Faced with the overwhelming failure that is our life, (marriage, relationship, finances, etc.) we start looking for a scapegoat. We need someone to blame for this mess and it sure as heck can’t be us! I know, let’s blame GOD! Deep down we know that He is infallible and perfect but why should that stop us? We rage against the Lord and run from Him, wrecking our lives further, instead of repenting and CHANGING. That should teach Him!

It’s the oldest response to sin in the book:

“And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." – Genesis 3:11-12

Man sinned in the garden. God calls man on his sin and what does man say? "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Adam shouldn’t have eaten it, period. But he doesn’t own his failure; he pawns it off on God. And we all know how this story ends. Lots of blood and generations of sin. Not good.


Own your failures and learn from them. Ruining your life won’t teach God anything.

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