From a young age, we are conditioned to ‘pass the buck’.
My daughter is almost two. I cannot count the number of times we have caught her playing in the fire place. Mind you, there was no fire, only a dirty rack and tools. We’d call her name, ever so sternly, only to see her look up with deep blue eyes wondering why we called her name in such a manner. With her little hands now colored in black soot, she begins to tell us (in her gibberish) how she didn’t do anything wrong.
Her hands were filthy!
I read today in Joshua 7 where Joshua, the mighty leader, was on his face complaining to God how it was not fair that He allowed such a terrible thing to happen. See, they just lost a battle and three thousand men died. Israel was by no means the underdog. They didn’t even send out their A-Team; but they lost terribly.
That was what Joshua intended to hear from God. WHY? They had a covenant. They were blessed beyond all measure! WHY THEM?
Their hands were dirty.
So often, we react the same way Joshua did. Trouble, failure, loss, conflict, even disaster arises and we quickly resolve God or someone else is the cause. We point and shake our soot covered finger.
I think God is patient. But His answer is something similar to what He told Joshua, “Get up! Why do you lie thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have transgressed My covenant.”
What is your response? Do you react like Joshua?
Get up, and take an inventory or your life and heart.
Is there soot?
God carries a ton of baby wipes, you’ll be fine. It simply requires you go to Him and reach out requesting He clean the soot off.
And He does…every time.