REFERENCE TEXT: GENESIS 3 verse 10-13.
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.”
First of all, Adam didn’t answer the question asked by the Lord, “Where are you?” The question requested for his location but he failed to answer because he has already began to look for ways on how to get out of the mess he was in. The next thing is he blamed his wife whom God gave him and wifey in turn blamed the snake and I wondered why the snake didn’t point to the devil too…Goodness!
I believe we act like this at times if not most times when we sin. We would create exit permit for the sins we willingly commit. We make excuses for things that could have been avoided at times but the major downside of this is creating or finding a scapegoat for our wrongs.
Playing the blame game does not erase sin neither does it make us look any better than the first time we got caught in them.
As the book of Romans 2 verse 13 says, it is those who obey God’s law that are righteous in His eyes. WE must be on the lookout because the devil being an opportunist is always looking out for our weaknesses and when we will fall into sin; he is always looking out for any mistakes or wrong things we did or just did so he may use it against us, (1 Peter 5:8.)
In this New Year, let us develop the attitude of accountability. Sin is a sinker. Disobeying God sometimes is not intentional but we fall and when we do, admit your wrong even if it is someone that tempted you or mad you act the way you did. Because shifting the blame does not change what we did wrong rather it makes us look proud and unrepentant.
God is aware of our weaknesses and that is why He sent us Jesus who lived with people and know their failings as well as experienced it Himself.
Hebrews 4 verses 14 -16 says,
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Make the decision today to pursue a relationship with God; a close and intimate relationship where you are aware of His love as well as His grace. When we fall into sin, don’t run away from God but run to Him and say,
“Abba, I have messed up again. Please help me. I want to do your will, I want to please you so please forgive me and save me from myself. Take more of me and give me more of you in Jesus’ name.”
I hope you prayed that prayer and will continue this year guilt free because you are no longer condemned once you repent from your heart and ask God to help you to continue with Him. The road won’t be easy. People will annoy you and you will be tempted to lash out; Circumstances might force you to compromise your faith to have a “better life” but remember that God will never put you to shame (Isaiah 49:23.)
Lots of love.