June 5, 2018
Genesis 3:11-15…“The man said, ’The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’” vs. 12
This story’s truth nails us. Oh, how we love to blame others for our sins! The man manages to blame both God and the woman for his disobedience. “She did it, God! And if you hadn’t made her, things would be just fine. So it’s really all your fault, God!” Over and over we use the same tactic: blame others–and in the end put all the responsibility on God. It seems we crawl out of the womb fully equipped to engage in blaming–it’s one of the first things we try to do when there’s conflict or trouble. What a blessing it is when we learn the way of confession and forgiveness! How much easier it is to live in this world when we can simply say, “My bad, and I’m really sorry.” Relationships are healed, and even our connections with God can be restored. Sadly, some people never seem to figure this out and spend their lifetimes evading responsibility and guilt. They’re quick to point fingers and reluctant to admit wrong, and ultimately, God gets blamed for everything. In the end, of course, their burdens are enormous and they never can even get a taste of the peace that comes through absolution…and grace will be unknown.
Thought for the Day: What’s so hard about confession?