Proverbs 19

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin,
yet their heart rages against the Lord. ~ Prov. 19:3

I’m going to be honest here. I like to blame others, even God, when my life doesn’t look the way I think it should. When I am scrambling to finish up Bible Course prep, finalize details for a talk, meet with all you lovely students and be a present and loving husband/dad – when it seems I just have no time to give – I usually point the finger at someone who gave me an assignment late, or my wife who has outlandish expectations for me to be physically, mentally and emotionally present with our family (imagine the nerve), or, ultimately, at God who allows all the chaos to happen in the first place. But the reality is, I often dig my own pit. I procrastinate, I fail to plan, I cope with stress in unhealthy ways. I am to blame. And, yet, on and on the blaming goes.

I guess it’s broken human nature that likes to point the finger. If you’re like me, you love to escape blame for unfortunate circumstances you find yourself in if at all possible. The reality, however, is that more times than not, it’s our own fault. It’s our folly that leads to our ruin.

The answer, of course, is an honesty made possible by Jesus and his gospel. We’re invited to be real about our failures, to bring our folly to the cross with repentant hearts, to gaze upon Jesus crucified and raise to new life; to receive his grace for forgiveness, fullness of  life and the strength to live in folly no more. Let’s be honest.

Father, forgive us for blaming others. Give us eyes to see how our own folly often leads us to places we don’t want to be. Grant us grace found in the face of Jesus, to receive his grace and, by his Spirit, to choose wise living instead of folly. Amen.

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