“Thus saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
God asked Israel, “Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement…” It was not uncommon in these times for men to send a bill of divorce to their wife when they got upset with them over something. It was also not uncommon for creditors to take the children of an individual for a bill that had not been paid. You will recall the widow woman in 2 Kings 4:1 who cried to Elisha by saying, “Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.” This was what God was talking about in the verse above when He asked, “…which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?”
God was reminding Israel that they were the ones who sold themselves into slavery. He was reminding Israel that He was not the fault of their situation. It was their sins that got them into trouble. God never divorced Israel; rather, Israel left God. Israel wanted to blame God for their plight when in reality they were to blame for their own situation.
Far too many people want to blame God for the situation their sins have gotten them into instead of looking at themselves and blaming themselves the choices they made. I have come across many people who want to blame God for their situation when they need to look into the mirror and blame themselves. Let me give you a couple of thoughts to consider about God and the situation you find yourself in at this moment.
First, God gives every person free-choice to do what they want. Many people want to blame God for not stopping them from doing wrong when it is their own free choice that got them into trouble. If God didn’t give you free choice, you would be a robot. God gives you free choice to do what you want, but He also gives you His Word which warns you of the consequences of sin.
Second, God has always had the resources to care for you far beyond what the world can do for you. God reminded Israel that He didn’t owe the creditors anything; instead, they were the ones who sold themselves into slavery. It was their sins that led them into slavery. Likewise, God has never owed you a thing. Everything God has promised He has performed. We all like it when God fulfills His promises for blessings, but He also fulfills His promises for sin’s consequences. You would be wise to be more careful with your choices and understand that God will not be a debtor to His promises.
Third, when you get yourself into a mess, don’t blame God, but ask Him for mercy and return to Him. Blaming God for your bad choices has never changed your situation. Instead of blaming God for not making your life better because of sin, you would be wise to come back to Him and plead for His mercy. The longer you stay in sin, the longer your situation will continue. You can’t expect God to bless you while you are living in sin.
My friend, blaming God is not going to change your situation, but repentance will. If you stop blaming God and start doing right, you will see your situation begin to change for the better.