Blame Game

January 20, 2023 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions

By Cheri Cowell – 

The devil gets a lot of blame. ‘The devil made me do it’ is a common refrain. Some people say this teasingly, but they don’t really believe it. However, some truly believe Satan is to blame because he is the ruler of this world. He tempts, he snares, he sets traps, and he is indeed conniving. On the other hand, some blame God. They say if God is all-powerful and nothing happens without His approval, then God is ultimately to blame when things go wrong.

Humans make plans and they make choices; that is true. It is also true that the devil is the ruler of this world, and God is the Ruler of All. But the Bible also makes it clear that if men and woman plan evil steps, God will turn them over to those evil ways. Likewise, if they choose the ways of God, God will order their steps and bless their efforts.

“People may make plans in their minds, but the LORD decides what they will do” (Proverbs 16:9 NCV).

Prayer: God, forgive me for playing the blame game when things go wrong. May the plans I make be ones that bring blessings from You.

About Cheri Cowell

Cheri Cowell is the author of the new Bible study, Parables and Word Pictures of the New Testament: Following God series
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2 Responses to “Blame Game”
  1. Great devotional. Something I can relate to. Most of the time I am pretty good about accepting my own issues, but I am sure I have pointed my finger a time or two at the devil. I can’t fix what I don’t acknowledge and give to God. Thanks!

  2. Cheri Cowell says:

    Kelly, this is a tough one, for it is much easier to blame than to accept responsibility. Our society used to be about personal responsibility but now blame seems to be in fashion. If Jesus were to talk to us today he might tell us to be okay with being unfashionable.

    You and I can look unfashionable together.

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