6. We need to let go of our excuses (2)

Welcome back.

As I said in the previous devotion, excuses are a part of our daily living and we tend to easily make excuses without really thinking about it. But we need to look up to the Lord and trust Him that He knows what is best for us. If He asks something of us, we should do it. But it is not that easy. Our human nature tends to doubt. Tends to fear the future, and tends to make more excuses, which was exactly what Moses did. He made another excuse.

'They will never believe me. You say that You are with me, but the religious leaders won't believe me, besides Who should I say sent me?' He continued protesting. His second excuse is another interesting thing for me. Moses realized that he couldn't argue with the Lord when He said that He would be with him, so Moses decided to turn the tables and point fingers at other people. He tried to take the attention off himself and rather shifted the blame and excuses towards others. Interesting. Isn't that what we do as well? We use others as an excuse when we don't really want to do something.

'Lord, I cannot do what you want me to do, because I need to be with my children.'

'Lord, please not that, my husband wouldn't like it.'

'Lord, I need to attend a planning meeting at church, I cannot do what You require of me.'

'Lord, my boss would never agree to give me extra time off to study, I am not even going to try.'

Etcetera etcetera.

Now listen to me very carefully. I am NOT saying abandon all your responsibilities and do something reckless. I am NOT saying abandon your children and leave them to fend for themselves in this cruel world. No. I am only saying, do not use them as an excuse. For example in Luke 9:59-62, Jesus asked one man to be his disciple. He agreed, but said that he first wants to bury his father. And what was Jesus' response?

'Let those who are spiritually dead care for their own dead. Your duty is to go and preach the coming of the Kingdom of God.'

Jesus then asked another man to come and he said that he first wants to say good-bye to his family. And Jesus answered: 'Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.'

I firmly believe that Jesus didn't mean that you must abandon your family and not care for them. He specifically displays throughout His Word how important family is and how important it is to raise your children for His Kingdom. I think in these instances Jesus could see what their true intentions were. They wanted to delay the process of doing what He requires. They were using their family as excuses. They didn't really want to follow Him. They were in a comfort zone and didn't really want to make the sacrifice. Their families were just a convenient excuse.

My wish is that the Lord will give you the Wisdom to hear His calling and give you the strength to not use excuses to stay where you are. Trust in Him, if He called you, He will provide for you. He will give you the courage to continue, the strength to move forward despite setbacks and He will provide the resources you need at the right time. You only need to take the first step and then trust and believe.

Lord, please help us to follow You and to listen to Your gentle Voice calling. Help us not to make excuses, but rather to trust in You. Lord also help us to look after our families and help us to raise our children in Your Wisdom. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 comment for “6. We need to let go of our excuses (2)”

  1. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 10:43:41 AM

    I cannot agree with you more.It is easy to rationalise everything by not acting when you hear the Lord's calling.In several places in His Word he promises us life in abundance but unfortunately it is often our free will/choice which He has given us which limits the abundance He has in store for us!
    Yet the Lord used Moses despite his excuses. So it is human to reason with God but still to remain receptive to His calling.

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