“The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.”
When we allow ourselves to be overtaken by our flesh and the temptation of the devil, we trade walking in Wisdom for foolishness. Our steps, thoughts, and motives begin to change when we give in to the lust of the flesh or the pride of life.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Our slothful attitudes produce pitiful excuses.
While in the flesh, we look for any reason to try and justify why we are refraining from doing what is right.
“And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, 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.”
The human race has been making excuses since the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve took and ate the forbidden fruit.
“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”
Their excuses did not work then, just as ours will not work for us.
Too often we are too tired to read our Bible and too busy to pray; therefore, we consider ourselves unqualified to serve or teach. If we took the time to read, study and pray, we would then have the faith to allow God to use us to serve Him.
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
The excuses of foolishness will only last for a season.
The time is quickly approaching when it will be too late to make any more excuses. Instead, we will weep over that what we did instead of what we should have done. Our time is short. We must work diligently ‘til He comes so that all may know the glorious Gospel and Wisdom Himself.
“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”
Exchange your excuses for the faith to work for Him!
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
Numbers 21-22 | Luke 20 | Proverbs 10
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