“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.”
1 Kings 18:17-18 KJB
One of the things that has helped me quite a bit in my Christian life is that I have learned to take responsibility for my own actions.
I haven’t blamed others for the trouble I was going through, especially when I clearly knew what caused the trouble.
Too often, we as Christians always find someone else to blame for any trouble we go through. Whether it be God, the man of God, family, friends or whoever, we always have someone else to blame.
Ahab was blaming the troubles of his country on the man of God. He thought it was someone else’s fault. Elijah very plainly and quite bluntly told him that it was Ahab himself who brought the trouble on his own country because he had forsaken the Lord.
Now I do believe that we go through troubles and trials that we have no control over and the Lord is just testing our faith, but most of our troubles are self-inflicted.
Whether it is financial trouble because we are horrible with money, health issues because we can’t say no to food and things that aren’t good to our bodies, our go through troubles because we blatantly sin against God, thinking we can get away with it.
In my own life, I have gone through some issues because of something I did that was a sin against God. I have asked for forgiveness but I will always have those scars in my life from those troubles.
Never blame God for the problems you created yourself. Ask for forgiveness and help. He is willing to pick you up when you fall, help you when you hurt, give hope to you when you feel hopeless; but God will not take the blame for your own foolishness and your own sin.