No Body Wins, In The Blame Game!

March 5, 2013

I have always been a fan of games.  The neighborhood that I grew up in was full of children around my age, so we played together quite a bit.  The majority of us enjoyed playing sports so we would play all kinds of games.  Games such as kickball, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, soccer, tag, hide and seek anything you can think of we have played it.

There is one game that everyone has played at one point or another, and you do not even have to be an athlete to participate. The blame game goes on in every marriage all over the world.  The blame game is when we blame other people for the decisions we made regarding our own lives.  We actually believe that somehow someone else has made us do something that we would not have done otherwise.  The only problem with this game is that no one wins.  How do I know that there are no winners in the blame game?  The blame game goes back as far as the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve and it did not work out too well for them.  Let’s take a look in the book of Genesis chapter 3, where the blame game originated.

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The man blamed God for the women He created for him, the women blamed the snake and what was the end result? God dealt with everyone individually.

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

So what have we learned from the story of Adam and Eve?  There is no reason to blame other people for anything because in the end the Lord will hold everyone accountable for the actions they have done.

Challenge:   Take back the control in your life.  If you do not feel comfortable with something do not agree to it. Do not allow other people to talk you into doing anything but be sure to take your time and make the best decision for you.

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