“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD” Proverbs 19:3 (NLT).
This text gives us some very sound advice: When we stray from God’s perfect path, we’re the ones to blame—not God. So why do we spend so much time being angry at God for the foolish mistakes we make? Why are we so reluctant to accept responsibility for our poor choices?
The answer is that the devil convinces us that our ways are wise, that we can figure life out on our own; but, in truth, our ways always turn out to be foolishness and, in the end, our own stubbornness leads to our ruin.
The truth is that the only way we can keep from falling into the pit of our own foolishness is by following God, by making His perfect plan the blueprint for our lives. And, instead of laying blame for our own foolish mistakes at the feet of our loving God when things don’t go our way, we should take a long, hard look at our own lives to see where we’ve strayed from God’s path. Then, once we have a proper perspective as to where the blame truly lies, we can turn back to God and resume walking in the light of His perfect plan for our lives.
The bottom line is this: We must stop ruining our lives through our own foolish choices; and, in the times that we do derail our lives, we must stop blaming God for something He had nothing to do with. We must accept responsibility for our own foolish actions and allow God to lead us down His perfect path of wisdom.