The joy of our hearts has ceased; our dancing has been turned to mourning. The crown has fallen from our head; woe to us, for we have sinned!

Lamentations 5:15-16 ESV

It truly is amazing how blinded many of us are within the culture. In the midst of agony, the people of God understood it was because of the sin in their lives! Many of us instantly start to blame God the moment things start to go wrong in our lives instead of looking towards ourselves…

Sadly, many of us have it completely backward when it comes to our ability to reflect on God’s sovereignty & our disobedience. We know that the bible is very clear about God always being in control, but it is also equally clear about our sin having consequences. For many believers, during times where God should get the credit for the amazing aspects of our lives we instead give ourselves the credit.

Other moments, when it is time to reflect on how OUR sin has negatively effected our lives we decide that it is easier to simply blame God and get frustrated at Him. There can be no place for this type of backwardness in our spiritual lives because it can and will trickle into other areas of our life…

This last Sunday while talking to a group of high school students Holy Spirit made a very unique point about the importance of our being critical of others and being graceful with ourselves. Truthfully, as a Christian, many people are overly critical of others and overly graceful with ourselves. When instead, we should be critical of ourselves and always thriving to find areas where we can improve. With others, we should be overly graceful with their journey and extend the same love and grace that God extends to us all…

Today, I challenge everyone to spend a few minutes analyzing yourself to see if there are any areas where you may have blamed God for an area of YOUR sin… If most of us are honest, myself included, there would be at least a few areas where we can see that our sinful choice made a negative impact on our lives…

Let us all repent just like the children of God did in lamentations… Woe to us for our sin. Please forgive us, God!

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