BLAME SHIFTERS

 

 

Have you ever been in an auto accident and been helped by a first responder?  When your life has taken a direct hit or shift, the first response is so valuable. This response in a moment of trial often tells us a-lot about the individual. This is true in our spiritual walk as well. 

Genesis 3:1-13

1. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?

2. And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3. but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.

4.Then the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not surely die.

5. For God knows that in the day you eat of it,  your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for good, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

7.Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

8. And they heard the sound of the LORD walking in the garden in the cool of the day, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.

9. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him “Where are you?”

10. So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

11. And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12. Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

13. And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

These passages shows us Adam and Eve’s first response to God in the area of accountability for their sin. It’s always good to look in the word of God for the “first mention”! This is, in fact, our first mention of God coming into the lives of those He created and addressing sin. This looks commonly familiar to my own life.  

God addresses Adam first.
Adam blame shifts
 to God Himself.
“The woman You gave me, she gave me from the tree and I ate.

Secondly, God addresses Eve.
Eve blame shifts to Satan.
“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Oh! How this rings all true!

How many times have you blamed God
instead of being accountable with your own sin?  

How many times have you been caught in sin and blamed someone else instead of being accountable with your own sin? 

You see, accountability rejectors become blame shifters!

No one in this story was willing to bow the knee and take accountability for their own sinful actions. Why can’t we as humans come to our loving Father and own up to the fact that we sinned? Why aren’t we comfortable calling a spade a spade? Acknowledge it! Have a contrite heart about it. Repent from it. Receive punishment due and move on.

You know what it is?
It’s pride. It’s a lack of humility to come underneath accountability in relationship with Him.

I John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

  We must take personal responsibility for our own sin in the moment. It’s our default (pride) to try to cover our nakedness just as Adam and Eve did immediately upon sinning. 

God, help me be accountable before you where I have faltered.
Help me call it like it is and humble myself before you. 

God, help me not run from you when you are desperately trying to restore the fellowship with me my sin has destroyed.

God, I am still trying to sew fig leaves together to cover my sin when you created me to be in complete fellowship with you. You wanted there to be no division between us. Sin caused the division. It did with Adam and Eve and it still does today. No version of  a “fig leaf” covering with ever do that apart from You. 

Accountability rejectors become blame shifters.

Where have we blame shifted
instead of walking in accountability before God?

Perhaps you’ve blamed God like Adam did….Maybe, like Eve, you couldn’t just be honest when God asked why you sinned…Run to Him my friend!  Get those spiritual Reeboks on and run into His arms.

Stop sewing fig leaves together trying to cover it and come naked before Him….shame and all!  He can handle it!  The release comes when we come boldly to the throne! 

He approaches us, like He did Adam and Eve in the garden, to restore the relationship!  Stop running….

-Marni

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