Excuses | Devotion 3: Excuses, Excuses
As a kid, I hated doing my homework. I felt that if I spent the whole day at school, there was no good reason for me to keep working on school work once I got home. I mean, think about it, when my parents came home from work, they did not work another two hours. I think my logic was sound, but my parents always got on me about doing my homework. So, to combat this, I began to make excuses at every turn as to why I was unable to do my homework. It even got to the point where I was flat out lying that I did not have any homework. When I think about the feelings of avoidance at any cost, I am reminded of Moses in Exodus 4:10, “But Moses said to the Lord, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’”
Moses is standing before God in a burning bush, and he has the audacity to make an excuse about not being able to speak to Pharaoh. If anyone was capable, it was Moses. As we find out in the book of Acts, Moses spent the first 40 years of his life living in Pharaoh’s court. He knew all the rules and regulations for interacting with Pharaoh. However, Moses was all about the excuses, I believe, because he was afraid of the enormity of God’s call.
It is easy to judge Moses at this moment. We can easily assume that if God appeared to us in a burning bush, we would stand at attention and take our marching orders without blinking an eye. However, I think on my own life, and I must admit, there have been many times where God has called me to something, and I have made excuses rather than heeded the call.
Quite a few years ago, I felt God calling my family to Michigan. We were living in California at the time, and I was terrified of moving. I made an excuse after excuse to God. I told Him I had a good job and friends I could not leave. I asked God to give me some time to get things in order. However, much like God did with Moses, He continued to pursue me with the call to Michigan. Eventually, I ran from God so fervently on this matter, and I began to experience God’s discipline. It was at this point, I had to stop making excuses and fulfill God’s calling.
The last few years in Michigan have not been perfect, but I know this is exactly where God wants me. I can see why He brought my family here, and I am excited for all that He will do.
God calls each of us to action in our lives. He has set aside good works for us and desires for us to fulfill them to His glory and the salvation of the world. However, this call is often scary or uncomfortable. We feel unprepared or unworthy. We must continually remember that we do not have to be prepared or worthy because a great God goes before us preparing a way for victory. My prayer for us this week is that we would run after God’s calling on our lives with the assurance that we need not be perfect to do God’s will, we must simply trust in the plan of God.