Mad at God
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,
his heart rages against the LORD.
It started with Adam. Remember what he said to the Lord after his sin? The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate. And the woman followed suit: The serpent deceived me (Gen 3:12-13). Blaming is in our DNA.
But it gets worse. Notice that Adam didn’t stop with blaming Eve he blamed God too! The woman you [God!] gave to be with me, he said, she’s the one who did it!
We expect that kind of talk from skeptics. How can there be a good God, we hear them say, when there is so much suffering? Translation: It’s God’s fault there is war and crime and starvation. Never mind that most of the suffering of the world results directly (and all of it indirectly) from human sin. But Solomon makes it personal, for this proverb could be any one of us—who messed things up with ungodly choices, and then get mad at God! This unresponsive wife or husband I married, this temptation I have, the financial problems I face, the people I work with—the list gets long—why doesn’t God do something?
Most of us would never blame God out loud. But when we fail to take responsibility for sin and shift the blame, we rage against the Lord. For God intends the consequences of sin to open our eyes and lead us to repentance (Hag. 2:17).
When Solomon’s father messed things up with ungodly choices, when his folly brought his way to ruin, he taught us what to do when we find ourselves backed in the same corner. Let his prayer be yours: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice (Ps. 51:1, 4, 8).
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