Have you ever found yourself blaming God for your problems?
If your answer is: Yes, you need to stop blaming God right now.
… And start asking for forgiveness of your sin.
By now, you’ll be wondering:
Is it wrong to blame God?
The simple answer is: “YES.”
But how do you stop blaming God? Especially when you are suffering or going through many misfortune in life?
Honestly, it is very simple.
The simple truth is: before you blame God for your problem, you must examine your own life and be honest about your choices that could have led to it.
That way, you will take full personal responsibility for your action, not blame God for it.
Stop blaming God for your poor choices and bad decisions.
Now, let’s learn in detail how to stop blaming God for your problems.
1. How to stop blaming God: Accept that God is not the source of your problems
As James 1:13-15 says:
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
God is holy and morally upright and can never be associated with any evil.
You might say:
But why does man sometimes blame God for the problems he may be going through?
As you can see, James, in the above scripture, warns believers never to blame God when tempted and in problems.
Sometimes, the temptations or problems that one may find themselves in are brought about by their faults through evil desires.
But that doesn’t mean that all the problems that we find ourselves in are caused by our faults?
Well, when Peter is writing his letter to the believers, he tries to group the causes of suffering into two groups.
First, there is some kind of suffering according to God’s will, the one that Christians are granted: this is suffering for the sake of Jesus Christ.
For to you, it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him but also to suffer for His sake (Philippians 1:29).
Secondly, there is also the kind of suffering that is as a result of our sins that we commit as a result of disobedience or ignorance.
In the two types of suffering, we should never blame God for what problems that we are going through.
2. How to stop blaming God: Ask for forgiveness of sin
When we encounter problems or pass through suffering because of our faults, we should accept the consequences of our sins.
For every sin committed, it must be followed by its consequences.
In fact, we should be humble enough to accept the problems and suffering that we may be going through due to our faults.
Are you blaming God for your temptation to sin?
Don’t do it!
Most importantly, ask God for forgiveness and power to over sin.
Remember: Through Christ, God forgives our sin.
3. How to stop blaming God: Take your problem as a discipline from God
Think about it this way:
What you may be going through is known as chastening (discipline) from the Lord.
God chastens you because He desires good from you, and He will always correct you when you go wrong.
As Hebrews 12:5-6 says:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
So what’s the point?
The point is we should endure chastening from the Lord instead of blaming God for what we are going through.
This is because the scripture says that the Lord chastens and scourges every son whom He receives.
In other words: instead of blaming God in the midst of the problem, we should see the love of God in the suffering.
For if we are without chastening, then we are no longer the sons of God but illegitimate children
The bottom line is this:
If we are doing good and yet we find ourselves suffering, the scripture says that we shouldn’t be ashamed but glorify God that we are partakers of His suffering.
As 1 Peter 4:16-19 says:
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter. Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
Thanks be to God.