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Excuses Won't Work

by Jimmy Ferguson

One of the many lessons taught in the Scriptures is that the Lord will not accept excuses in the place of obedience. This apparently has been a difficult lesson for man to learn through the centuries. Some of the most prominent men and women in the Bible have tried to "excuse" themselves from obedience to God's will but it did not work -- and reader friend, it won't work today!

"The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate" (Gen. 3:1). Here we have the first instance of "passing the buck" in order to justify self. It didn't work!

When Adam failed, Eve tried. "The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat" (Gen. 3:13). Did she really think she had no responsibility in the matter?!?

"So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out" (Ex. 32:34). How about this for an "explanation" of how the golden calf came to be in the camp of Israel!

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

"I was afraid, and went and hid your talent." (Matt. 25:25). However, the one-talent man came to understand that opportunity plus ability equals responsibility. How many of us try to excuse ourselves from duty because of fear?

What about you? Do you offer excuses for not worshiping; visiting the sick, shut-in, or weak members; and for not otherwise working in the kingdom? As was the case with God's people of old, excuses just won't work! A day of reckoning is coming!

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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