Playing the Blame Game

What’s your greatest temptation? Have you ever made excuses for a sin in your life by blaming it on someone or something else?

On March 9, 2010, USA Today published a survey of 3,000 U.S. adults that identifies the differences and similarities between what men and women say tempts them the most. You may be surprised by some of the results: 

Sex: Men (50 percent), Women (22 percent)

Food: Men (29 percent), Women (56 percent)

Money: Men (14 percent), Women (15 percent)

Alcohol: Men (7 percent), Women (2 percent)

Power: Men (2 percent), Women (7 percent)

No matter what tempts you, there’s no question about who never tempts you. The Bible is clear: Temptation never comes from God.

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. (James 1:13, NKJV)

Sometimes, we may be prone to blame our temptation on God. We play the “blame game” when we reason, “God allowed me to experience this circumstance. The circumstance caused me to be tempted. So, God must have tempted me to sin.”

Even in the Garden of Eden, Eve blamed the serpent, Adam blamed Eve, but Adam ultimately blamed God:

Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12, NKJV)

Adam’s plea was: “God, it’s really all your fault. After all, you gave me this woman!”

But the Bible says God cannot be tempted to sin, and He never tempts us. Instead, He always makes the way for us to escape temptation.

Suggested Bible Reading

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Prayer Guide 

Today as you pray …

Consider the excuses you may have been making for some sin in your life.

Ask God to remove those excuses from your heart and mind.

Pray that, today, God would open your eyes to the way of escape when you face temptation.

Praise the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness in never tempting you.

Give Him glory for the blood of Jesus, which cleanses you from all sin.