Thursday, 2 August 2018

Throwing God Under The Bus

Proverbs 19:3 A man’s own folly subverts his way, yet his heart rages against the LORD.

      To throw someone under the bus is an idiomatic phrase in American English meaning to betray a friend or ally for selfish reasons.
      I once used this phrase while talking to God when I casually said, "Hey God! I feel like you are throwing me under the bus here." Then the realization set into my mind and heart that it is impossible for God to betray me for selfish reasons. If anything, I was the one throwing God under the bus because of my obvious immaturity by what I was saying. James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone.
      
How often do we blame God for all the misfortunes that happen to us? We rage against God while running amok in our attempts to be the god of our own life. Prov. 19:3 A man’s own folly subverts his way, yet his heart rages against the LORD. When do we finally realize that God is trying to save us from ourselves and a Christless eternity? When we become deceived into believing God is the problem in our life, we have elevated ourselves above the greatness of God. This type of hubris can be disguised as a form of righteousness, but it ends up being self-righteousness and we throw God under the bus one more time.
      
Michael Horton said, "The power of God unto salvation is not our passion for God, but the passion He has exhibited toward us sinners by sending His own Son to redeem us." Rom. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. The Apostle Paul was confident in God's power of salvation through Christ because Jesus was Lord in Paul's heart and life.
      If we do not remove ourselves from the throne of our own heart and place Jesus there only - then we are living and preaching a Christless Christianity. What good is a Christless Christianity but to become pseudo social workers using religious expressions in controlled sympathetic voice tones.
      
Until I clearly express that Jesus is Lord of my life, I will continue to blame God for all the bad choices I make. I will end up saying, "Why did you let me do that Lord? Why did you not stop me from doing this Lord?" On and on the accusations go. The human heart is utterly deceptive and will blame anyone, including God, for the woes caused by ourselves. Jer. 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
      We seem to be incapable to fess up and take responsibility for our own actions. We would rather throw God under the bus than admit any wrongdoing. Rom. 7:24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? How do I overcome this unwanted human characteristic?
      Thank God for Jesus and the complete work that was done for me on and through the cross Jesus was nailed to. The accepted sacrifice and finished work that God accomplished through His Son Jesus will keep me in right standing with my heavenly Father for now and throughout eternity. The precious blood of Jesus has made it so. 

      I can count on God's faithfulness toward me and know deep in my heart that even though I may not be reliable or always get it right in life, God will never throw me under the bus. Jesus has made a way for me through His selfless life-giving gift to be at peace with God and myself. I receive it by faith. 2 Tim. 2:13 If we are not faithful, He will still be faithful. Christ cannot deny who he is.

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