EXCUSES, EXCUSES ...
It seems to be a basic part of human nature to come up with all sorts of
excuses to explain our inadequate and inappropriate behaviour. We are
very quick to blame someone or something else for our mistakes.
The following are some of the unbelievable excuses given by drivers
filling in their accident insurance claims:
- "Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I didn't have."
- "He was all over the road and I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him."
- "In an attempt to kill a fly I drove into a telephone pole."
- "I had been driving my car for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel."
- "The pedestrian had no idea which direction to go, so I ran over him."
- "I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and drove into the river."
Well, perhaps that's all quite light-hearted but the Bible gives
numerous examples of people desperately trying to justify their
wrong-doing and the consequences are far more serious.
Adam started the long list of pathetic excuses. When God asked him
whether he had disobeyed and eaten of the tree that had been forbidden
to him, he replied: "The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave
me of the tree, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:12) Was he blaming Eve or
God? Eve responded with her own excuse: "The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat." (Genesis 3:13)
When Aaron was challenged by Moses to explain why he had allowed the
people to corrupt themselves by making a molten calf, he answered: "They
gave it (gold) me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this
calf." (Exodus 32:24) Well, how amazing!
According To Saul, it was also the fault of the people. When Samuel
asked him why he had not obeyed the voice of the Lord to utterly destroy
all that belonged to the Amalekites as God had commanded, he retorted:
"The people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen… to sacrifice unto the
Lord thy God in Gilgal." (1 Samuel 15:21) However, he was the king and
supposed to be in charge!
Naaman, the leper, when instructed by Elisha's messenger to go and wash
in Jordan seven times to be healed, justified his indignation with: "I
thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name
of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the
leper." (2 Kings 5:11) So he turned and went away in a rage, still
muttering about the rivers of Damascus!
In Luke 14, it speaks of a great supper and how those invited began to
make their excuses. "The first said, I have bought a piece of ground,
and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And
another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen and I go to prove them: I
pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and
therefore I cannot come." (Luke 14:18-20)
Benjamin Franklin once said:
"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else."
We should not be looking to make excuses but rather ready and eager to
follow the exhortation of the Scriptures. Initially, to: "Repent, and
be baptized… in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,
and…(to) receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38) And then to:
"Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavour; (to) be aglow and burning
with the Spirit, serving the Lord." (Romans 12:11 Amplified Bible)
"Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
NO EXCUSES FOR EXCUSES!
Pastor Darryl Williams