We are without Excuse!
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (Exo. 14: 10-14- Rom. 1:14-22-KJV)
Every person every day makes an excuse for something, none of us are exempt. However the Bible says that we are without excuse. In the above verses in Exodus Moses told the people to not fear, stand still, stop murmuring and complaining, wait to see what the Lord would do, however, they chose not to believe him. They accused him of bringing them into the wilderness to die and asking him why he did not leave them in Egypt. They wanted an instant way of escape because they could not see the hand of God at work in their lives. Some of us do the same thing, we make a choice not to believe God and take his word as truth relying on and speaking what is written, therefore, we begin to make excuses for the things that we do or neglect doing. How many times during this world’s pandemic have you accepted what the world was saying and not gone to the word of God to see His promises? God’s words are true and powerful, yet when circumstances come we ofttimes want to blame God when actually It was an act of our own choosing.
We make excuses for not reading and studying the word of God, not cooking, going to the store, cleaning our homes, finishing the projects at work, etc. God knows just how much time we waste each day that we could use to do the things that are important to Him, however, we choose to make an excuse that sounds good to us and to try to impress someone else. It is time to stop and reevaluate our true motives for what we are doing and ask the Savior for a mind transformation. Our minds can get us into trouble when we allow the enemy to put a thought there that is not of Christ and we make the decision to dwell on it. The same is true of our wills, we do not take the time to put our wills in the hand of the Lord ana leave them there.
Let’s go back to the scriptures in Romans - For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Rom. 1:17-20-KJV) Because God said we shall live by faith, and that ungodliness and unrighteous was revealed to us as well as the invisible things being clearly seen, we are without excuse.
It only takes our willingness to read the word of God daily, to ask for understanding and God will give us revelation. So, my question will be are we willing to take the time to understand that we do not need to make excuses about the things that we choose not to do or accomplish, no matter what it is. We can speak those things that be not as thou they were – (paraphrase mine).
We have eternal power to turn things around just by the words that we speak, so it is my prayer that we stop making excuses and start asking our Father for directions and guidance for His will to be done in our lives.