Not My Fault

Have you ever known someone who was never at fault for anything? It was always someone else’s fault? Their favorite phrase it, “It wasn’t me.” Do you know a person like that? I’m sure we all do. I’m sure we have been that way ourselves a time or two. I always say the two most popular kids in Diana and I’s house are “somebody” and “nobody.” Somebody did it, but nobody knows who. The blame game is as old as the Garden of Eden. We are going to see it rear its ugly head yet again in our text today. Exodus 32:22-24 says, “So Aaron said, ‘Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil.’ For they said to me, ‘Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ And I said to them, ‘Whoever has any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out.'”

Israel is still at the base of Mt. Sinai. Moses is still up on the mountain meeting with God when this event occurs. It was Aaron’s responsibility to watch out for and over the people of Israel; instead, he gives in to their sinful requests. On top of this, when he gets confronted about it, Aaron blames the people. The blame game is as old as the Garden of Eden when as the saying goes, “Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the snake, and the snake didn’t have a leg to stand on.” It is something that continues to this day. However, we need to remember the words of 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Very rarely is it the case where someone doesn’t have at least some blame in a situation. Rather than looking for someone to blame, we need to learn to ask the Lord to show us our part in it that we might confess it, repent of it, and ask the Lord for His help to not do it again. King David gives us a great model prayer when it comes to this sort of thing in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” David is crying out to God asking God to search him, and reveal the truth about himself to him. David isn’t trying to blame anyone else. This is a far different cry than we see from another Old Testament person. When Jonah had been swallowed by the big fish, he also prayed, but his prayer was very different. His prayer was focused on himself and on his circumstances, not his sin that made the big fish incident necessary. The only time that Jonah mentioned others in his prayer was to blame them for their own misfortune. He never saw his sin. If we are honest, we are often much more like Jonah than we are David. Yet, it is in confession and repentance that we find the mercy and grace of God. So, the next time you get into an argument with your spouse or your kids, that co-worker, boss, or whoever; instead of automatically blaming them for it all, ask God this question, what is my part in all of this? It is definitely harder to ask that question, but in confession you will experience the presence of God as He extends to you once again His grace and mercy.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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