When things go awry in life, we love to assign responsibility or fault to another. That is what we call blame. We love to play the blame game, but it is not a new phenomena. We can go back to the beginning to see this in Adam and Eve. Genesis 3 tells us that after man had violated God’s law, sinned in other words, he first hid. Seeing that he could not conceal his sin or wrong, what did Adam do? He blamed God and Eve. “9 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.”” Adam tried to assign fault to God and Eve for what he did wrong, but TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence that God did wrong.
Now fast forward to the incarnation, man still is trying to blame God, but TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence. Let’s see it in
53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. 54 Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. There he sat with the guards and warmed himself at the fire.
55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.
57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him:58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’”59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.
Try as they may, all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law “were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.” They could not find any evidence to convict Jesus because there is no wrong in Christ. Similarly, we too try to find reasons to assign blame to Jesus when things do not go the way we desire them to go. We begin to assault God’s character. We say things like “If God loved me, he would not let…” We say things like God why didn’t you stop that from happening. We say things like God is not fair. We say things like Why is God doing this to me. TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence.
When we suffer disappointment, hardship, loss or tragedy, many times we blame God because we lose sight of who He is, His character, and what He has done, His power or work. We forget Peter‘s admonition “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”We forget that God has given us power over sin, but has not taken us out of the presence of sin. For those who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior, Paul tells us why they blame God in 2 Corinthians 4:4. It says, “4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Lastly, we all forget that we can TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence that God has done wrong just all those who sought to find wrong in Jesus at His time before the cross.
Our false thoughts and statements are no more effective and valid than those who falsely testified against Jesus before the all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law. I warn all who call Christ Savior and Lord to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. We have been commanded to demolish argument and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God. When we do, we see the lies that we may believe in blaming God; “21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:21-22).
TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence. If you still think God is to blame, we need to again stand on the Word in Proverbs 28:26 which says, “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.” Lastly, you should know that Paul tells us “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”“
TRUST: We Can’t Find The Evidence. Believe it.