Verse of the Day


"And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’"

~Genesis 3:11-13


Today's Devotional Thought

July 26, 2010 by Rachel Piferi



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Take Responsibility

When you make a mistake, what do you do? Do you try to cover it up? Do you try to explain it away? Do you take responsibility for your error and ask for forgiveness?

In today’s passage, we see the first official “blame game” in history. I’m sure it sounds familiar. If you have children, then you probably have heard them play this game of blaming their sibling for whatever has happened that is getting them in trouble. And, chances are, you’ve even tried to blame your errors or shortcomings or sins on someone else. Maybe you’ve even tried to blame God saying, “God, if you hadn’t made me like this then I would not have succumbed to that temptation or did that thing that got me in trouble.”

Today, we see Adam blaming Eve for his behavior in the garden. We even see Adam go so far as to blame God for giving him Eve. Because, after all, if God hadn’t placed Eve in the garden, then Adam wouldn’t have been forced to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Then, as God questions Eve, we see her blaming the serpent for her behavior.

How many times do we do this too? Instead of standing up tall and admitting that we made a mistake, we try to place the blame on someone or something else. It is quite absurd to try to blame someone else for our behaviors and sins. Because friends, God knows everything. Even though He’s asking Adam and Eve to explain themselves in this situation, He already knows the answers. He doesn’t need their answers to understand what really happened here. God knows that you have done something wrong and even if there were factors that contributed to your sin, it was still your decision to act in the way that you did. Take responsibility for that today. Stand tall before the Lord, accept responsibility for your actions, and ask for His forgiveness. Additionally, ask Him to give you the strength to resist similar temptations in the future.

God knows your actions and He knows your heart. Show Him your heart is well intentioned and sincere, even if you falter every now and then. Accept responsibility for your behaviors and ask Him to help you next time you are in a situation that may leave you weak to temptation. Remember, you are responsible for your actions. Regardless of how the situation or other people may lead you towards certain behaviors, you ultimately make the decision to act. Take responsibility for your actions and your missteps today.


Memorize this verse today:

"And he said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?’ The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’"
~Genesis 3:11-13



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