1-13-20 Light In the Darkness Gen 3:9-13

Hi Friends, 

      Have you ever noticed that when there is a fight of some sort, one party always blames the other? This sad reality came with The Downfall and has continued ever since. Let’s talk about it…

“The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.’ And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate,’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” Gen 3:9-13 NASB

     Ahhh, the Blame Game! We can clearly see, right there “in the beginning,” what the fallen and immature human nature is like. “It’s not MY fault!” became the go-to phrase for all of us. I have been contemplating my sad journey from last year as I briefly described last week and, before I began beating myself up about my poor attitude and by God’s Grace of course, I came across this quote by Philip Yancey: “The proof of spiritual maturity is NOT how ‘pure’ you are, but your awareness of your impurity.” (my emphasis) God is so very gracious towards me! He began to explain that, it is exactly because I became so horrified at my immature behavior throughout that remodel mess, that I was actually maturing because of the trials. You see, a child is never aware of their own flaws, and so, if there is any kind of battle, it “must be” the fault of the other person. A maturing Christian, on the other hand, begins to evaluate his/her own contribution to the fight INSTEAD OF blaming anyone else. We stop and look in the mirror to see where we “ just might” have caused and/or added to the problem. We immediately hate our sinful attitudes, the unloving reactions, the pain we have caused and this, in turn, causes us to move away from that kind of mentality. Life becomes LESS about MMI (Me, Myself and I) and more about honoring God and loving others. Interesting how I did not initially see this. I just thought I was regressing into my old ways, when the truth is, God was revealing that I still have so far to go to be the loving creature He designed me to be. It is good and healthy to examine our own faults. Not so we stay that way, or worse, beat ourselves up about it. But so that, with God’s help, we can leave that immaturity behind and become better, more loving people.

     It’s not MY fault! This shirking of personal responsibility only and always leads to further problems. After all, if it is not my fault and the other person is saying it is not their fault, then where is all this tension and fighting coming from? If no one is mature enough to take responsibility and move towards positive change, then the battles will just continue, endlessly. That has been the state of this corrupt world in one fashion or other since The Downfall, hasn’t it? As we look around today at this lost society of ours, is it not getting clearer and clearer that hatred, not love, is at the core of all that is going on? If God is Love, and He is, then who are we all following? We would expect this from those who do not know God, but the super sad thing is that this is happening in the “Church” too! Such division and tension certainly was never God’s Plan. Look and see how far we have come from God’s original Plan in the Garden of Eden? This world of ours is NOT what God had in mind when He said, “Let there be Light!” There seems to be more darkness than anything else nowadays. 

     Yet I am a Woman of Hope! With God all things are possible. He is still in the business of working ALL things together for good. We are not a surprise to Him…but we must choose to work with Him and not against Him. So how do we turn these events towards Love and Good Will to all mankind? We begin by looking in the mirror and confessing our part in it all. I cannot change the world if I am exactly like the world, so I have to grow up, become a maturing Christian and take responsibility for my thoughts, words and actions. I have to allow God to change MY heart. And this is what God is doing: He is changing the world for the better one willing heart at a time. The more I stop and self-evaluate, the more I can see where I need His transforming Grace and the less I act like that old, fallen person I used to be apart from Christ…and the more abundant my life gets, no matter what else is going on. And if I can be more loving towards others, then they will hopefully become more loving and so on and so on. Do you want to be part of the solution instead of the growing problem? Then won’t you join me?

 Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think!

<>< Peace, Diane