Blaming God is Like Going to Cracker Barrel

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Blaming God is like going to Cracker Barrel. For those of you, who like me, grew up nowhere near one of these amazing restaurants, it is a place of wonderful southern comfort food.

We love comfort food, not because it actually makes our lives better (it actually makes our lives shorter) but because if we had a stressful or frustrating day we feel just a little bit better. We feel a little bit of temporary comfort.

We often blame God to feel comfortable again. Like by blaming Him, all of a sudden things will feel better, because after all if we blame stuff on anyone but ourselves things do feel better for a bit.

But like the chicken and dumplings or cobbler, that comfort feeling eventually wears off and we are back to dealing with real life.

In reality, we are forgetting that God gives each of us free will, so when bad stuff happens its usually not His doing but ours and the doing of others with free will.

By Genesis 44 and 45, Joseph was powerful as a leader, but he never meant to be where he was. His brothers throwing him in a pit and selling him into slavery took care of that. They exercised free will.

Fast forward a few years and Joseph begins telling his brothers about what has happened in the years since that betrayal. An interesting phrase that Joseph keeps repeating is that what they meant for evil, God redeemed for good. He goes on to say, “So it wasn’t really you who sent me here, but God; the same God who made me an advisor to Pharaoh, master of his household, and ruler over everyone in the land of Egypt.”[1]

Humans get free will, like his dumb brothers, but God uses those sometimes awful choices to turn them into something spectacular.

When we blame God we forget about a lot of stuff. We are attempting to take comfort by believing God is a bully, but he is not and when we realize that He really does want to turn our awful situations into something awesome we can begin seeing things in a new way.

We begin seeing our horror stories instead with a silver lining of grace, mercy, love, or adventure.

What have you been blaming God for?


[1] Genesis 45:8 The Voice