Yeah, the title might seem a little harsh. But let me explain. I feel like a lot of times we blame God for our struggles with sin. We may not literally say, “God, it’s your fault that I continue to struggle with X.” What we do is we continue to ask God to help us fight our sin, but take no practical steps to fight it ourselves. So when we sin, we inwardly think, “Well, I prayed and asked God for help but I’m still sinning so God must not be helping me.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Pause. Before I go any further, let me clarify something. I am NOT saying that you shouldn’t ask God for help in dealing with struggles in your life. That’s something that we need to do on a daily basis. It’s something that the Lord wants us to do. We can’t live life on our own strength so we need God more than anything else in this world. But what I’m saying is that while God is faithful and always holds up his end of the deal, a lot of the time, we don’t.
Imagine you’re going on a diet. You’re trying to eat healthier and eat less junk food. Sounds like a good plan, right? But if all you buy from the store are Oreos and ice cream, you’re not gonna get very far. Your good intentions won’t mean if a thing if your actions don’t line up with them. The same principle applies to your spiritual life. If you continually ask God to help you in a certain area but put forth no effort, then you won’t improve. If you ask the Lord to help you enjoy reading the Bible more but never open it, you’re not gonna get far. If you’re struggling with a certain sin but aren’t even attempting to fight it, no amount of prayer will help.
But bump what I say. Let’s check the Bible. 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” So God has provided us with everything we need to live a life that honors him. Romans 8:32 says, “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” God gave us his most valuable gift: His son. He won’t begrudge us help with the struggles in our life. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “…but when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” God offers us escape routes to fight temptation. But oftentimes, we don’t take them.
The point of that last paragraph was to show that whatever sins or struggles we have in our life, the problem is not on God’s end. God’s doing everything he can to help us live lives that honor him. It’s on us to accept the victory that he has already given us. We have to make the effort to walk in the new life we have already received. Are we gonna mess up? Yeah. Are we gonna fail from time to time? Definitely. But with God’s help and hard work, we can live lives that bring glory to his name.