Excuses . . . we don’t like to have them said to us, but we all like to say them.
- I can’t because . . .
- It’s because of . . .
- I’m sorry, but . . .
- If you knew _____________, then you’d understand why I __________.
- The reason why I ______________ is . . .
Our excuses will go on and on if we allow them too, much like how weeds multiply in an untended garden.
As you read through the Bible, most of God’s children’s reasons for disobeying Him were rooted in excuses.
- King Saul: “But I did obey the Lord” – 1 Samuel 15:20-26
- Israelites: “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword?” – Numbers 14:1-4
- Moses: But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?” – Exodus 6:10-12
- Isaac: Lied to Abimelech king of the Philistines that his wife, Rebekah, was his sister, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.” – Genesis 26:1-10
- Jacob: Used the excuse that because his mom, Rebekah, advised him to trick his dad, Isaac, it was ok to do so. Then deceitfully took his brother Esau’s blessing — a choice that affected the rest of his life. – Genesis 27:1-30
Sadly, our excuses lead to heartaches, regrets, and missing out on God’s best for us.
God offers us His best, but then He leaves us with a choice.
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. – Dt 30:19-20
The choice is ours. Daily we choose between our excuses and God’s best for us. May we adamantly get rid of our excuses and choose God’s best for us.