Google+ 02/18/14 Don't Blame God!

James 1:12-13

 

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.

Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”

God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

 

In part eight of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Sharing God's Love!" we turn to the half-brother of Jesus for some important answers.  As a pastor, I am often amazed at how wrong we Christians are about what happens in our lives.  When trials come, it is amazing whom we blame.  I have had many conversations with people that are furious with God.  Most often they are mad at the Almighty for things He simply didn't do.  God doesn't create hurricanes and earthquakes.  God doesn't cause people to die.  We don't lose our jobs because God somehow intervened.  Rather, God will use tragedies and trials in our lives to help teach us how to get closer to Him.  Our Scripture today tells us that God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.  We earthly Christians have a terrible problem with this fact.  We have no idea what patiently even means, because we want everything right now.  God simply doesn't work that way.  The definition of "time" for us is very different from God's perception of time.  Our lack of patience in our times of tribulation leads to our frustration in part two of our Scripture lesson today.  We blame God for the tempting.  I believe we do this because we do not wish to discuss the alternative fact that we like to ignore.  The truth is that Satan is attacking us and waging war on every aspect of our lives that is dedicated to Christ.  We had a glorious weekend in our church.  Friday night we had our "Share God's Love" event which found us with a packed house.  We ate, fellowshipped, and loved each other as Christ loves us.  No Valentine's Day where people are left out.  Sunday we had fabulous, uplifting worship services with Bible study and three meals!  We do eat well!!!  It was no wonder to me that late Sunday night and Monday,  I found myself involved in brutal warfare with some precious people.  I did not blame God.  He was not the one doing the tempting.  As my son pointed out to me, when we are busiest for God, we are the most vulnerable to satanic attacks.  It is also the most likely and profitable time for the devil to attack.  Remember that God will never do the tempting.  He is always on the side of the believer.  The next time you are tempted, please remember this.  Put the blame where it belongs, which is directly on Satan's shoulders.  "Don't Blame God!"