Why Blame God?
It is quite odd how people of the world sometimes question or blame God when terrible things happen. Perhaps a loved one dies or a horrible natural disaster strikes and people point their fingers at God. Even people who generally deny God’s existence seemingly acknowledge God just to blame Him.
But why? Why blame God? There is no point to it. God is not out to get us or to make one person’s life miserable. We go through trials and temptations and if we are able to overcome them we grow and come out stronger. Often things will work out for the better - we might just not see it at the time.
But let’s disregard the growth that can occur with the hardships that come upon us. Why do people see the terrible or inconvenient things as God’s doing? Have they not considered that it could be Satan’s doing?
Consider Job and the hardships that he endured. Who caused them?
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Job 1:12
Job lost servants, animals, and his children in the following verses. This was a terrible loss for Job. But did Job blame God? Was God to blame? Of course not! We see in verse 22 that “in all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong”.
It was Satan who had done these things. It was Satan who caused these disasters. Satan was given the ability to test Job and tempt him - just like he can do to us!
And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold he is in your hand, but spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job 2:6-7
Was it God who struck Job with painful sores? No! We read that it was Satan that did this. Satan was the cause of Job’s pain.
We also see that while God allows Satan to test Job, there is always a limitation. God is still looking out for Job and not allowing Satan to push beyond what Job can handle. This holds true for us as well. Satan can tempt us, test us, and cause us trouble, but God watches out for us. He won’t allow us to be pushed beyond what we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). So why blame God when there is no reason to?
-- John Thrower Jr.