When some Christians are faced with problems in their life, the only thing they tend to want to do is ask God: “Why?!”. They become frustrated and often angry with God believing in their heart that the problems emanated from God. Everyone wants to blame everything on God; I mean that’s the easiest thing of course, and it’s cheap that’s why everybody is doing it. But should God really be blamed?
God promised to order our steps, The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delighteth in his ways. Psalms 37:23;
But as you can see from the scripture quoted above: there is a clause fot that promise “of a good man”; that means that God will not order the steps of a bad person. So, before you blame God for your predicament ask yourself these question first, “are my truly a good man? are my truly good to God and good to my neighbors also?”.
Sometimes you may believe you have reasons beyond reasonable doubts that you’re just, but even at that, God may decide to relent from His promise when you try to outsmart Him. Trying to outsmart God means being too hasty beyond God’s time to achieve yours but not God’s own will for your life. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. Lamentations 3:25;
Anyone willing to allow God’s will for His life to be fulfilled at God’s own time will never experience any hurdles or dissapointment in his pursuit of good.
Let’s use the Ark homecoming as a case study. Truly the Ark as overstayed in a foreign land; Since the time of prophet Eli, when God had allowed the Ark to be held in the Philistines custody.
David desires pleasing his God at all times but he consulted wrongly this time concerning the bringing back of the Ark. And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds and with every leader. Lamentations 3:25;
David consulted with these people to fathom out ways in which they could bring back the Ark to Jerusalem. Truly from the human point of view, this is a step in a right direction, but the steps were wrong in the sight of God because David was trying to move faster than what God wills.
And they carried the Ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab and Uzzy and Ahio drave the cart (9) And when they came unto the threshing floor of chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the Ark, for the oxen stumbled (10) And the anger of the Lord was kindle against Uzza and He smote him, because he out forth his hand to the Ark and there he died before God. 1 Chronicle 13:7-9;
An average man would think God is wicked for killing someone who wanted to help Him so that the Ark of God will not fall, but no, God is not cruel or wicked he only hate to be outsmart. He is God He could have caused the Ark to fly if He so desires; or for the oxen to not have stumbled.
David was angry against God for this singular act -just as many Christians do today, that He decided to leave the Ark at that particular place. And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza… 1 Chronicle 13:11;
What is that situation you’re passing through that has been causing you to doubt God or blame Him? I say to you God is not to blame. Check yourself are you truly working in God’s will and His time. Don’t try to help God in fulfilling His will for your life by doing things which to you is believed to speed things up.
After that unfortunate experience with Ark, David now understands that he needed to have made adequate enquiries from God. And when he finally did he realized he should have prepared a tent for the Ark homecoming.
And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the Ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 1 Chronicle 15:1; This he didn’t do the first time because he was ignorantly trying to do something of his own will to assist God’s own will.
David also now know who is supposed to carry the Ark. Then David said, nine ought to carry the Ark of God but the levites, for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God and to minister unto him for ever. 1 Chronicle 15:2;
From the scriptures taken above you could see that even though David meant well, he did so however without seeking the face of God before trying the first time. Let’s always see God’s face in everything we do.
A lot of Christians make the same mistake as Uzza did. Though they try to work for God but they do so outside their calling. Uzza worked outside his calling and lost his life as a result. Should God be blamed? Definitely Not! And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aron. Hebrews 5:4;
Don’t be deceived, not all man can work all God’s calling, learn to recognize your own calling that you may not be blamed by God. And he gave some apostles, and some prophets and some evangelist, and some pastors, and teachers. Ephesians 4:11;
It is God that gives the calling (physical or spiritual) not personal willingness, this is the source of problems for many Christians who have failed to recognize their own calling by God.
Even David discovered that he was to blame for the predicament that befell the people he sent to bring the Ark and not God and he repented from his anger towards God. For because ye did it not the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not after the due order. 1 Chronicle 15:13;
David had also discovered the manner with which the Ark should be carried. And the children of the levites bare the Ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded… 1 Chronicle 15:15;
Because David did not seek God’s face, in ignorance the first time the Ark was carried on cart, but now on human shoulder.
Are you having problems in your marriage, or you’re financially stagnated? Are you facing health challenges that has made you consent to death, or you’re experiencing spiritual challenges? First and foremost you must acknowledge that it is your fault and then seek God’s face for directions and help to overcome the challenges.
Study more of God’s word and live your life according to it and you’ll be blameless before God. Staying in the word will keep you on top of the world.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then shall thou make thy way prosperous, and then thou shall have good success. Joshua 1:8;
Live by the word, in the word, and for the word and you’ll have no reason to blame God or yourself.
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