Blame (Exodus 16:2)

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Blaming others for our problems is not only unjust and cruel, it’s displeasing to the Lord. The children of Israel did this in the wilderness shortly after their deliverance from the land of Egypt. When food and water were short, they panicked and blamed Moses and Aaron for getting them into their predicament. They made scapegoats of their leaders. Yet God mercifully overlooked their lack of faith and unfair criticism of His servants in those two incidents. Later, though, when the Israelites committed the same sin again, He judged them severely (see Numbers 16).

Scapegoating can do great damage. Instead of looking for someone else to blame for our problems, we need to analyze our situation, acknowledge our failures, and ask God for forgiveness and help. – Herbert Vander Lugt

We won’t get closer to God by passing judgment on others.

  • July 31, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread
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