Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8
Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 8:11-22
In November 2010, wide receiver Steve Johnson of the Buffalo Bills dropped a touchdown pass in an overtime game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the next possession, the Steelers drove down the field and kicked a field goal to win the game. The dropped pass alone did not make this much of a story. Professional football players drop passes all the time and even heartbreaking drops in the end zone during overtime games are quickly forgotten. What happened after the game, however, is the reason why this particular dropped pass will be remembered by many football fans and Christians for a long time. When the game ended, Mr. Johnson went back to the locker room, logged into Twitter on his iPad, and posted a tweet blaming God for his dropped pass. The ensuing firestorm was epic. For weeks, articles and blogs across the Internet were written about Mr. Johnson’s Twitter post. It seemed like everyone had an opinion about his post, and most of the opinions were a mixture of shock and horror that he would blame God for his dropped pass.
I am not condoning Mr. Johnson’s actions. He was wrong to blame God for the dropped pass. What struck me as odd though, was the backlash this tweet created considering the fact that blaming God when things do not go our way is actually fairly common. This phenomenon has happened as far back as the Israelites. In today’s key passage, Isaiah (speaking for God) correctly predicted that the Israelites would blame God for their tragedies. He said, “Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.” (Vs. 21)
When things do not work out the way we think they should, many times human beings look for someone to blame. It is in these times that we are vulnerable to attack by the enemy. It is in these times when Satan will try to tempt us into believing that God is at fault. His voice whispering in our ear will try to convince us to blame God. This, of course, is a dangerous proposition. When we listen to the enemy’s voice, we grow further away from God as we, “look toward the earth and see only distress and darkness and fearful gloom, and are thrust into utter darkness.” (Vs. 22) God’s voice, however, says something completely different. God’s voice tells us that He has plans for us – plans to prosper us and not to harm us. God’s voice tells us that even when we cannot understand the reasons behind why something happened, we can rest in the knowledge that God is in control. God’s voice tells us that we can grow closer to Him in our times of distress, and that we can learn through our failures. The next time you face a setback and are looking for someone to blame, which voice will you decide to listen to? Listen to the voice of God and avoid the trap. When things do not go your way, resist the temptation to blame God, and instead press in closer to Him.
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Posted on July 11, 2014, in 23 - Isaiah and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Conflict, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, Jesus, Religion, Sin, Temptation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.