Have you ever been caught doing something that you weren’t supposed to do? Did you try to blame someone else? Maybe you broke your brother’s new toy when you weren’t supposed to be playing with it, and you blamed your baby sister.
Playing the “blame game”—blaming someone else when you do something wrong—is a bad habit to get into! It can cause a lot of trouble, too. Do you know the very first time that someone played the blame game? It was Adam, and you can read the story in the book of Genesis:
“The Lord God asked. ‘Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?’ The man replied, ‘It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’” (Genesis 3:11, 12)
In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve everything they could ever want. He only asked that they not touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God wanted our world to be perfect and it was for Adam and Eve’s best that they not touch this tree. But the devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit, and she listened. Then Eve tempted Adam, and he listened, too.
God saw what was happening in the Garden of Eden and it made Him sad. He asked Adam about what had happened. God had seen everything, and Adam knew this, but Adam still blamed someone else. He blamed Eve for giving him the fruit.
God knew that Adam could have said no. But Adam didn’t, and he chose to eat the fruit, too. Adam also blamed God. He said, “It was the woman you gave me.” Adam played the blame game with God! He told God that if He hadn’t given him Eve, he never would have eaten the fruit.
The results were terrible. Because Adam & Eve didn’t listen to God, sin came into the world. They were both to blame.
You know, God always makes a way for us to do the right thing. There is always a way for us to say “no” to temptation. We can’t blame someone else when we do something wrong. It won’t make our problem any better to lie about it!
Playing the blame game may seem like an easy way out at the moment, but it really isn’t. We will be much happier if we just admit when we do something wrong. The blame game never ends well, as we saw with Adam and Eve.
If you make a mistake and do something wrong this week, just admit it. Say you’re sorry and you will have a much better day—a new day with Jesus!