George Washington once said, “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” Yet, how often do we make excuses? We may make excuses for things we have done, or for things that we said we would do or were asked to do, but didn’t do. Our excuses may be offered to friends or to family, or they may be offered to God.
Scripture shows us that people have made excuses since the beginning of time. First, there are those who tried to make excuses for doing the wrong thing. For example, Adam tried to excuse his disobedience by pointing a finger of blame at Eve and at the serpent. Aaron tried to excuse himself for making a golden calf by throwing the people under the bus (“you know how evil they are, Lord”).
Then there were those who made excuses for why they couldn’t do what God was asking of them. God wanted Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to set God’s people free. What was Moses’ response? “You’ve got the wrong guy, Lord. I mean listen to me speak. I’m not eloquent. In fact, my tongue just gets in the way.” And how about Gideon? God wanted him and his clan to save Israel from the hands of the Midianites. “But, Lord, how can I possibly do this? I mean, look at my clan. It’s the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh!”
As we head into the new year, we may make resolutions, things we will do in the next year. Or, maybe God will be calling us into something new, something that He desires for us to do for the kingdom. How will we handle these resolutions or these calls from God. Will we fulfill the resolutions we make? Will we say ‘yes’ to God’s call? Or, will we make excuses? My prayer is that each and every one of us will steer clear of excuses, that we will do what we say we will, and that our response to God will always be ‘yes’ and ‘amen!”
Happy New Year to all!