Luke 22:31-34 (NKJV)
“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.
But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”
Matthew 26:36-46 (NKJV)
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
Many believers place blame on the Lord when a situation or circumstance doesn’t work out the way they’ve expected the Lord to work it out. But if we were really honest with ourselves, we would look at our personal contributions or lack thereof.
We try to obscure our failings and shortcomings in an attempt to avoid personal accountability with the Lord.
Hebrews 4:11-13 (NKJV)
“Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.“
Fortunately, the Lord keeps a perfect track record of everything that we do or have failed to do.
We often try to paint a perfect picture to deceive others, but the Lord can never be deceived. He sees everything and knows everything.
Psalms 139:7-12 (NKJV)
“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.“
The best thing to do, which should be the only thing that we should do is refuse to paint a perfect picture when stuff is really happening where blame could only be laid at our feet.
Peter boasted about going to prison with the Lord, but the Lord Jesus revealed his heart.
You will deny Me three times. But it’s also noted that the Lord prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail. It’s an indication to us that when we too fail, the Lord prayed that we wouldn’t fail as well.
The prayers of the Lord Jesus was answered.
We see evidence of the success of the prayers of the Lord Jesus in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. As expected, Peter was in the mix of the things, post resurrection.
Prior to the events of the betrayal of Jesus, Peter, James, and John were found sleeping with the Lord needed prayer support. Their eyes were ‘heavy with sleep.”
It’s the same with the things of life. We boast and then we fail. We’re tired and we fall asleep. Right at the moments when it needed to count.
But the thing that most believers do, and I’ve done it myself, is to put the blame on the Lord, since we can’t see Him. And since He’s all powerful and all knowing, He could have prevented this.
2 Chronicles 16:7-10 (NKJV)
“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.“
The story of Asa started well and ended bad.
Asa set out to correct the failures of Israel. God put him to the test. The Ethiopians and Lubim were sent with 1.5 million against Asa’s half a million. Because he relied on the Lord, being out numbered, God delivered him.
For over 3.5 decades, Asa had peace.
Then another attack was allowed by God and Asa relied on Syria instead of God.
God brought the prophet to expose his pride and after this, instead of repentance, Asa got mad at the seer. Asa was really mad at God.
It didn’t end well. Asa’s feet was diseased and he died.
There’s nothing wrong with the God of heaven and earth. Sadly, we assume that the Lord is a man and we trip out by laying blame on The Perfect God.
The moment we stop blaming God, or accuse Him of not coming through for us, is the moment that we recognize that His ways are infinite. There’s no searching of His understanding.
And even when I didn’t like what happened, that it didn’t work out the way that I wanted it to work out, and I just simply rest on the fact that God is God, I can stop accusing God of failure.
When loved ones die of diseases, or Covid, I don’t blame God. When things happen, I just refuse to get mad and blame God.
I hold my peace and realize that I’m the one that’s short sighted. And I don’t blame myself for their sickness or death, unless I know that I’ve done something. We try to lay blame as part of our way to emotionally deal with the situation.
But we must never blame God.