A great football game was played this past Sunday, November 28, 2010. The game was in overtime. The lowly Buffalo Bills were knotted at 16 with the highly touted Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo had the ball.
Ten minutes and thirty seconds remained in on the clock. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass and found Steve Johnson open streaking down the sideline. The ball sailed forty plus yards through the crisp Buffalo air. And as quickly as the hopes of the city were excited, they were dashed as Johnson dropped the game-winning touchdown pass. Johnson was described as “inconsolable.”
The Steelers took the ensuing punt and marched down the field for the eventual game-winning field goal.
More amazing than the details of the game, however, was Johnson’s response to his dropped pass. Who would he blame? What would he say? How could he make amends with heartbroken fans and angry coaches?
From his iPad at 5:15 Sunday afternoon Johnson tweeted, “I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! I’LL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…”
Did he just do that? Did he really just blame God? It couldn’t be!!!! Oh, but he did.
Blame it on the wind that might have altered the flight of the ball. Blame it on the cold weather that no doubt changes the feel and weight of the ball. Blame it on your hands not soft enough to haul it in. Blame it on whatever…but not on God!
This may seem to be an exaggerated form of blame, but blaming God is not a come-lately “fix” for problems. Did you know that the first sin was blamed on God? When God found Adam and Eve naked in the garden, Adam said to God, The woman thou gavest to be me with she in essence beguiled him. In other words, “Thanks a lot, God! If you had not given her to me none of this would have happened!”
James says in James chapter one, Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:13-17)
Take notice of the following points James made in those verses:
- God is never to blame. God always does what is right. He always does what is best for us.
- Men fail because of their lust (evil desires).
- Every good thing in life comes from God.
- Even that which is “bad” works for good (Romans 8:28) and is allowed into our lives by God (Job 1:6-8).
We can blame God or view life scripturally, understanding that it is the Lord that does what is right for us and allows both good and bad so that we may become more like Him.
The blog, therefore, should have read, “I WILL PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! YOU KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH ME!!!!! I WILL LEARN FROM THIS!! HOW???!!! I’LL FORGET IT, IMPROVE MY ABILITIES AND MOVE ON!! THX…”