January 4, 2021
“I will be with you and I will protect you.”
From our fall in the Garden of Eden, excuses have been tossed around like footballs on
Sunday. In that very first sin, Adam blamed Eve, who blamed the Slithering One. From that time on excuses have been a part of our flawed DNA.
When God told Moses the wonderful news about rescuing His people from Egyptian tyranny, Moses gave an excuse. “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you…” When God told Jeremiah that he had been chosen from before birth, he made an excuse. The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. The chapter ends with this verse, “They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”
When we make excuses, we are essentially verbalizing our doubts…
“I’m not good enough to do this.” “I’m not qualified.” “This job is too much for me.” “There are too many people who are against me and want me to fail.”
As you read through the stories of the Bible you’ll see that God doesn’t give a fairy tale answer that sounds like rainbows and unicorns. He told Jeremiah that there will be people against him, it’s going to take courage. That’s something that you have to face, you cannot please everyone. They are going to actively fight against what you’re trying to do. But in every case, either implied or specifically mentioned, God says that He is with you. God tells Jeremiah and Moses very specifically, “I will be with you.”
Isn’t that the answer you need to hear with you start making excuses? Your doubts, fears, and excuses put all the focus on your insufficiencies. God steps into your tough situation and says, “I’ll be with you.” Don’t look at your doubts. Don’t give in to your fears. Don’t make any lame excuses.
I, the one who imagined, assembled and holds the universe together... I, the one who knew you and cherished you before time began... I, the one who works all things out for your good, am with you.
How can you make an excuse when God is right there, present, loving and working? Be encouraged today, and remember that God is always with you.