David Lee Brown
What has God Done to Us?
“And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us?” (Genesis 42:28)
When Joseph’s brothers bought their grain from him and started home, they realized that their money was added to the sacks of grain. They immediately thought the same thing that any person would think – the people I bought this from will think I stole this money. So, their response was, “What is this that God hath done unto us?” They blamed God. Then, instead of returning the money, they just went on their journey home to their father Israel (Jacob). This was not the most honest thing to do, but they weren’t completely without integrity. When the food ran out and they had to travel back to Egypt for more food, they brought double the money, so they could pay for the food they ate and the food they were buying. But, my point is, why blame God.
“And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:12) Adam was blaming Eve and asking God to share in the blame, “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me…” People have blamed God for everything from the beginning of time, but they shouldn’t. They blame God for pain, suffering, tragedy, and in the case of the brothers of Joseph, they blamed God for making them look like thieves. What a goofy notion. We, as humans, are responsible for every bad, unhappy, sad and tragic thing that has ever befallen us – Everything! Joseph was testing his brothers to see if they had learned from their mistake of selling him into slavery, so Joseph was to blame for making them look like thieves, but it was the brothers own actions that triggered their predicament.
If you commit an evil act, you are responsible, because you have control of yourself. You can’t blame your parents, your living conditions, your circumstances or anything else, because you did it. Take the blame!
If a tragedy befalls you (disease, car crash, flood, fire, etc.) blame those responsible. God gave Adam and Eve free will so that they could either love Him and follow his leadership, or reject Him and do whatever they pleased. Adam and Eve turned their back on God and sinned against Him. God is perfect, so He had to judge Adam and Eve, because it is the only impartial thing to do. His punishment had to end in the death of Adam and Eve, so God loosened his grip on his sustaining power, the power that was holding everything in its original perfection. So, because of Adam and Eve’s sin, the world is imperfect and bad things happen to good people and bad people.
God gave us free will, so that we can choose to do right or do wrong, so we can’t blame God for our actions and the tragedies in our lives. He generously gave us this gift of free will, so that when we love, we love because we want to; we are kind because we want to be; we praise and glorify God because we want to. We can also reject God because we want to. Tragedies happen because the world is no longer perfect, because Adam and Eve chose to sin and reject God.
Never blame God, because everything bad in this world, even “natural disasters” and disease, is our fault – humanity’s fault.