They’re more than happy to throw their brother under the bus when something has gone wrong.
Reference: You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us. (Psalm 80:6 NIV)
Explore: My boys still haven’t learned the importance of taking responsibility for their own actions. At six and seven years of age, they understand consequences and so they’re more than happy to throw their brother under the bus when something has gone wrong.
I have lost count of the number of times I have asked my boys who is responsible, only to have them both point at the other person!
It’s not unusual that when punishment is due they take a step back. However, when it’s time for a treat, they will fight to get to the front.
Application: I find this is how we, as adults, can also be when it comes to God. When blessings are flowing we want to be close, but when troubles arise we blame God and start to distance ourselves.
It’s easy to point the finger at God or the devil when life does not go our way. And yet, at times, we need only to look in the mirror to see who has led us astray.
Let’s not be like children, who look for others to blame for our situation. Let’s grow up and be mature enough to take responsibility for our lives and know we can decide where we wish to place our destiny.
Prayer: Lord, You are always there for us, but often we turn our back or point our finger to You. May we instead run to embrace You so we can have the life You destined for us to have. Amen.
Who is responsible for your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.