DayBreaks for 04/06/11 – Some Things Never Change
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 4/26/2001:
Genesis 3:8-12 – “8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
Have you noticed how we live in a day and age when no one is responsible for anything anymore? Consider what has happened in America in the last 20 years:
If a woman burns her legs on the hot coffee she was holding in her lap while driving, she blames the restaurant.
If your teenage son kills himself, we blame the rock and roll musician he liked.
If you smoke three packs a day for 40 years and die of lung cancer your family blames the tobacco company.
If your daughter gets pregnant by the football captain you blame the school for poor sex education.
If your neighbor crashes into a tree while driving home drunk, he blames the bartender.
If your cousin gets AIDS because the needle he used to shoot heroin was dirty, you blame the government for not providing clean ones.
If your grandchildren are brats without manners, you blame television.
And, if your friend is shot by a deranged madman, you blame the gun manufacturer.
And, if a crazed person breaks into the cockpit and tries to kill the pilots at 35,000 feet, and the passengers kill him instead, the mother of the deceased blames the airline.
It started that way in the garden of Eden and it hasn’t changed since. Adam wasn’t man enough to own up to his own failure – he blamed it on someone else. Note how his answer brazenly accused both God and Eve for his problem – “The woman YOU put here with me – SHE gave me some of the fruit…” It is always someone else’s fault, and to avoid living up to our own responsibilities, we’ll even blame God for putting us in the situation. We live as if there are no consequences to our own choices. And in our American legal system, perhaps we can actually avoid having to take those consequences and get away “scott free”.
In God’s plan, however, we won’t have that luxury. God didn’t accept Adam’s excuse in the garden, nor the woman’s excuse. They both had to pay the price and bear the consequences. We will be no different: 2 Cor. 5:10 – “10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” On that day, we will be face to face with the ultimate reality that we were responsible for our choices – good or bad – and that God won’t buy our lame excuses as to who was really to blame for our problems or our sin.
PRAYER: Teach us to own up to our failures and not try to blame our lack of obedience on anyone or anything else besides the sin that is in our hearts. Give us strength through Your Spirit to resist temptation! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple ><}}}”>
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