The Blame Game
Last night I had the privilege of watching a simulcast of Anne Graham Lotz and Joel Rosenberg called, “A Wake-Up Call For God’s People.” Within Anne’s message I learned something from the book of Isaiah that I had not noted before.
In Isaiah chapter 5, he lists God’s woes and judgments:
Woe to you who add house to house . . . (v. 8)
Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks . . . (v. 11)
Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit . . . (v. 18)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil . . . (v. 20)
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes . . . (v. 21)
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine . . . (v. 22)
It was only after Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, that he said, “Woe to me!” (Isaiah 6:1, 5) It was only after He saw the holiness of God and His glory that he stopped and looked at the sin in his own life. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty” (Isaiah 6:5).
After Isaiah saw God’s holiness and majesty, he no longer said, “Woe to you!” He said, “Woe to me . . . woe to us!” We’re all sinners in need of a Savior. No matter who we are – Club Coordinators, counselors, CITs, Area Coordinators, Leadership Trainers, parents, girls, staff, Board – we need Jesus.
There’s a temptation to play the blame game. How easily we can see the failures and shortcomings of the . . .
Club Coordinator – if only she were more organized, the
Counselors – if only they prayed more, the
Parents – if only they made GEMS a priority, the
Girls – if only they’d listen.
How readily we can identify the problems in others, “If only they’d change . . .” Rather than seeing the changes needed in our own hearts and lives.
With Isaiah, I confess, “Woe to me!”
Heavenly Father, You are holy and righteousness! I am not. Please identify the sin in my own heart and life that I’ve excused, buried deep, and become complacent toward. Forgive me, O God. Help me to repent and return, living the life that You require – acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
It’s after we receive His forgiveness and cleansing that we can join Isaiah in the commission. God said to Isaiah, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8a)
God says to you and me, “Whom shall I send into the community to tell girls about Jesus? Who will go into the churches, the neighborhoods, the suburbs and the schools? Who will go downtown, across the street or across the ocean?”
Will you join Isaiah in saying, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8b).
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