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Excuses Don’t Count

Of all the lessons taught in the Scriptures, one of the most difficult to learn is that God has not, does not, and will not accept EXCUSES in the place of obedience. Some of the most prominent men and women in the Bible tried to appease God with their "explanations" but all failed!

"The woman whom you gave to be- with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate" (Gen. 3:13). Here we have the first instance of "passing the buck" in order to justify self. It didn't work!

"So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf  came out" (Ex. 32:24). Thus Aaron, "explained" how the golden calf came to be in Israel's camp.

"The people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord" (1 Sam. 15:15). Did King Saul really believe that one can disobey God and worship Him at the same time?

"I was afraid, and went and hid your tales.." (Mt. 25:25). How many of us excuse ourselves from duty on the ground of fear?

These are but a few of the many attempts people have made to justify their disobedience in a similar fashion, but with the same results!

I WASN'T AT WORSHIP BECAUSE I HAD COMPANY." Yet, we will not miss work because we have company!

I CAN'T GET INVOLVED BECAUSE I HAVE CHILDREN." However, we can shop, (ravel, visit with friends, and do a variety of other things even though we have children."

"SUNDAY. IS MY ONLY DAY OFF." What better way to spend that one day than with God and family?

"And they all with one consent began to make excuse..." (Lk. 14:18).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward