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Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Morning Devo - Someone to Blame

For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
 They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.
Awake to help me, and behold!
 You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Psalm 59:3-5, NKJV
Human nature is such a weird thing. We want someone or something to blame, and we want them punished to the full extent of the law--or beyond.

When a mass shooting such as Las Vegas or Texas occurs, we're so quick to point and blame, shifting the blame to yet another person if that answer doesn't suffice.

I'm always wanting to know why. What happened to the shooter that made him or her resort to such an awful solution to his or her anger? Were his parents to blame? Siblings? Acquaintances? Business associates? The government? What, why, where, when, how?

But I'm not so sure the real reasons will ever be known. The shooter, if he/she dies, isn't going to be able to say. If they don't, what would you like to bet they'll point the finger at someone else?

Only God can know a person's heart. Only He knows exactly where the blame should land. And only He can forgive and help us forgive. Unless, of course, you are one who is totally without blame in any way, shape, or form--perfect in every way. Then you can throw all the rocks you want.

Lord, I'm so sorry people have to endure such hurt, and sorry that hurt can result in destructive anger. Father, help us open our hands so that no pointing fingers are seen and compassion can be given. Thank You, Father. In Your Son's name, Amen.
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