“A person’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against the Lord.” – Proverbs 19:3 (CSB)
No one likes to be told what to do. We want to make our own decisions. We think we know what is best for our lives. Whether it’s our finances, sexuality, job, marriage, or some other aspect of our lives, we want to be the final arbiter of what is best for us. We want to follow our heart wherever it leads. Then, when that backfires, we have the audacity to blame God for our struggles.
Solomon recognized the hypocrisy in this. When we live the way we want and experience the consequences, it makes no sense to blame God and get angry at him. If we had simply followed his word in the first place, we wouldn’t have caused ourselves heartache and problems.