Who’s to Blame?

The great dragon was hurled down—
that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan,
who leads the whole world astray.
Revelation 12:9 

Daddy!!?! Why did you let me do that?” That’s the question my daughter asked me in tears after she dropped her ice cream on the ground. She blamed me. I gave her the ice cream, so it must be my fault that she dropped it, right? She was unwilling to accept any responsibility for the situation. And, placing blame on me was quite natural for her.

The blame game has come naturally to human beings since the Garden of Eden. Adam blamed Eve for his sin. Eve blamed the Devil for his deception. Ultimately, they were both blaming God for succumbing to temptation because, after all, Creation originated with Him. So that makes Him responsible for anything that goes wrong with it. It is HIS fault. Right? 

That line of thinking is as mixed up as my 6-year-old’s projection of blame on me for her dropped ice cream. But yet, don’t we often find ourselves blaming God for evil? How many times have you entertained the question, “If God is so good, why is there so much evil in the world?”  That question points the finger of blame directly at the Lord for the evil we see and experience.  

The Devil sits back and laughs when he hears that question. Because not only is HE responsible for the origin of evil, he is also persuading you to blame the only source of help that exists! 

Satan hates God. He strives to ruin anything and everything loved by God. That included Adam and Eve. And that includes you and me, too. “Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8). Satan lured Adam and Eve into sin and infected all Creation with this damning disease. We see its effect daily. And, it is Satan who seeks to harm you and see you suffer; not just in this life, but in eternity too.

 When trouble, pain, and sorrow infiltrate your life, don’t let the Devil dupe you into blaming your loving God for your pain and heartache. Remember who brought evil into this world. And instead, run to your Savior’s outstretched arms for comfort and help. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). 

The Savior who extends this gracious invitation of love and support is the same Savior who took the blame of your sin upon himself. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus took on a punishment he didn’t deserve to rescue you from the eternal consequences of Satan’s work. He loves you THAT much! And he declared that rescue mission complete when exclaimed from the cross, “It is finished!” (John 19:30)

When the evil which Satan brought into this world impacts your life, place blame with the author of evil. Then find rest in God’s loving, dependable promises.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

Written by Staff Minister Brent Bitter