#GetWisdom 019. A Very Popular Game With No Winners.

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I’m a pretty competitive person, and I like to play games. And I really like to win. But there’s a game we should never play, because we will never win: the “Blame Game.” Don’t play the “Blame Game.” Instead, get wisdom.

Here’s how the “Blame Game” works: you make a mistake or a bad choice, and there’s a consequence that comes as a result. Instead of owning up to your actions, you blame everybody else for what took place. This is probably one of the most highly played games in the world. It started all the way back in the Garden of Eden with Adam—when he and Eve sinned by eating the fruit they were forbidden to eat, Adam blamed God for giving him Eve. But we shouldn’t blame God for our sin.

Our verse of the day talks about this. In Proverbs 19:3, it says, “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.” This is the idea that when our folly brings us to inevitable consequences, we tend to get mad at God. Even if you didn’t get caught, don’t think you got away with it, because God knows. So what do we do? We try to blame the Creator of the universe. Think about that, not only personally, but also as a nation. When things go wrong, we want to blame God.

But thank God for grace. We should follow the LORD instead of following the way of foolishness, but we will still sin. We’ve all done something foolish. This is where we should be thankful for the grace of God. When we repent, he doesn’t give us the punishment of death that we deserve. Instead, he gives us grace. We should turn away from our foolishness and follow the way of wisdom…that’s God’s way.

So stop playing the “Blame Game.” No matter where you came from, you didn’t get to choose how your life began, your hair color, your skin color, who your parents are. But you do get to choose how your life continues. No matter what other people do or say to you, you get to choose how you respond. Don’t follow the way of foolishness, follow the way of wisdom. Follow God, and live your lives according to His prescription.

Let’s read our verse one more time: “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD,” (Proverbs 19:3). So don’t play the “Blame Game,” because you will lose. Instead, choose to win by seeking wisdom. Oh, yeah.

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