For those of us who are parents, we can all relate to the sibling fight with everyone pointing fingers saying, “He started it!” It’s a default human emotion that whoever started the problem holds the responsibility to stop the problem and provide the solution. As parents we know this never works.
Let’s face it, even as adults, there are probably relationships we all have that are less than ideal. Usually when we reflect on that relationship we almost always come up with the reasons why the other person should be the one to fix the problem. However, logic will prove that the creator of the problem will almost never be the one to provide the solution. The strongest one is not the one who can hold out the longest, it is the one who can humble themselves enough to solve the problem.
In the Garden of Eden, the very first response to be caught in sin was to turn to the blame game. Eve blames the serpent and Adam blames both Eve and God. “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Gen 3:12). Yes. Adam manages to blame both the only other human on the planet AND God his creator… all in one breath.
And so it began, a disturbance in the force so to speak. A rift that was create by man. God could legitimately say, “They did it”, but He didn’t. Then to demonstrate that the problem originator can never be the problem solver, He allowed generations to attempt to solve this problem, and they failed every time.
Then God solves the problem. He doesn’t wait for us to admit our mistake or failure. He doesn’t wait for us to take responsibility or even apologize. He simply solved it. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Rom 5:6) God didn’t wait for us to have the strength to admit our fault, instead He took the position of strength and “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)
Next time you’re in a disagreement with someone, and you are believe they are the one who caused the problem, quit waiting for them to fix it. Humble yourself and bring resolution on your own.
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