Whose Fault Is It Anyway?
Gracious God, Your love is hard to comprehend. Even though my mind cannot grasp it, I open my heart to receive it.
Read 1 Samuel 22:1-23
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
It is so easy to get into the blame-game. However, we need to take ownership of our mistakes and learn from the experience.
Conspiracy theories are nothing new. Saul uses the phrase “conspired against me” twice, in verses 8 and 13. He is increasingly living in a world of frightened fantasy, imagining everyone to be against him, a suspicion that has no factual basis at this stage. But no explanations would now have persuaded a hysterical man beyond all reasoning.
Was the dreadful massacre of the priests and inhabitants of Nob Saul’s fault? In one sense, definitely. Was it also Doeg’s fault? His desire for self-advancement fuelled his betrayal of Ahimelech, and it was Doeg who actually did the killing. Or perhaps ultimately it was God’s fault, since this extermination– all but one person–of the house of Eli (Ahimelech was his great-grandson) was foretold by Samuel (1 Sam. 2:27-36), so perhaps it was God’s judgment on Eli’s family. Or was it David’s fault, albeit inadvertently, for involving an innocent Ahimelech in his schemes? At least David was willing to take responsibility and accept his share of the blame (22).
Terrible things happen today, too, and it’s not always easy to pinpoint the culprit. For example, is a landslide in Latin America the result of climate change and global warming, or the fault of the over-consumption of the world’s resources? Would it have happened anyway–a result of earth movements that ultimately go back to creation? Or is it due to the rich-poor divide within the continent itself, where the poor are pushed to the vulnerable areas that no one else wants? It’s easy to point the finger, but it’s less easy to admit to our share in the blame and to take responsibility.
When you consider this account, with whom do you most readily identify? With which of their weaknesses do you most readily identify? How will you bring these weaknesses under the lordship of Christ?
Lord, forgive me for the times when my actions have inadvertently led to suffering for others. Help me to accept responsibility and do what I can to rectify matters.
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