Taking Responsibility

In the devotional yesterday, we saw how it is okay when we experience loss to weep and to grieve.  I want to point you to verse 6 of that same passage to learn another important lesson related to experiencing loss.  1 Samuel 30:6 says,

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.  But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.

David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him.  David was not only grieving for the loss of his own family, but he was now being blamed for the whole thing.  In fact, they were blaming him to the point that they wanted to take his life.

When you experience troubles, do not be someone who always wants to blame others.  I know that it is human nature to want to point the finger and to lash out at somebody else when we are in trouble or when we have experienced loss.

In fact, I think blaming others is just part of our fallen fleshly DNA.  Just take a look at what Adam and Eve did in the garden when they messed up.  When God turned up and asked what happened, Adam said, "Well, it's the woman that You gave me.  She gave me from the tree, and I ate."

And when God asked Eve what happened, she replied, "Well, it was the serpent.  It was the snake."

So Adam blamed his wife, and blamed God who gave him his wife, and Eve blamed the snake.  Neither Adam nor Eve took personal responsibility.  It was somebody else's fault.

If the problems you are experiencing today are your fault, take responsibility, and do not blame others. 

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