Have you ever or do you blame others unjustly? An Old Testament king did that and a lot more.
Do you know that the King of Judah imprisoned Jeremiah for speaking the truth. It can be known as soon as we know the reason the king sent Jeremiah to prison:
For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye;
then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him,” says the Lord; “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed” (Jeremiah 32:3–5)?
Upon reading the above prophecy, we see why the king jailed Jeremiah. He only spoke what the Lord had told him, and God only spoke truth (Prov. 8:6–8). In other words, the truth landed Jeremiah in jail.
The word from the Lord for the king didn’t offer him hope and the kind of future he wanted. Instead, it came pregnanted with only evil for the king. Jeremiah had nothing to do with it. The king brought it upon himself by displeasing God.
Additionally, the king failed to ask Jeremiah what he could do to get a good report from God, or tell him what he did that displeased God. Instead, he saw himself as a victim. As a result, he blamed the messenger, Jeremiah, and incarcerated him. Did the king know that truth only sets people free, not put them in bondage without a righteous reason?
This account occurred between 627 BC to 586 BC. On average, that’s about 2600 years ago. However, the hearts of men and women don’t improve with time (Jer. 17:9; Rom. 1:30) as do wine. They only degenerate from bad to worse (2 Tim. 3:13). The preceding truth should cause us to ask ourselves a searching question.
Who am I blaming for my own weaknesses and proclivities that got me into trouble or cause me to be living the life I am now living if I don’t like it?
Does your life contains no peace of God or joy of the Lord, or as much hope as your hand would hold after you squeezed grease?
If you answered yes to any of those questions don’t engage in the blame game. Don’t blame God or others, and especially yourself. Simply surrender to God and tell him you acknowledge you ran your life into the ditch. You discovered that you need a Savior, a spiritual tow truck, to rescue you.
Tell Him you repent for all of your past evil deeds. You denounce all works of the flesh, which are works of darkness and works of the Devil. From this day onword, you’ll submit yourself more and more to the leading of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit (John 16:13), and to doing the word of God.
Now pray: Father God I thank you for loving me enough to forgive me of all my sins and everything I’ve done that displeased you. I thank you for renewing my hope in You and my outlook about life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
PS: Know that wherever sin abounds grace abounds much more (Rom. 5:20). Now enjoy yourself in the Lord while kicking the Devil on his backside time he attempts to remind you of things you did wrong, because God has forgotten and forgiven you of every one of them.