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Excuses, Excuses

Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.  Exodus 4:12 NKJV

excuses excusesBut, God, I can’t do that. It’s too hard. I’m too scared! Too shy. Too weak. Too busy. Can’t You send someone else?

Although I know what God has called me to do, I tend to present a barrel full of excuses, justifying why I haven’t obeyed God’s direction or instruction. Such excuses keep me paralyzed from moving forward and treading down the path I know He has called me to walk.

Moses was an excuse-making machine too. “But, God, who am I to go before Pharaoh? I don’t know what to say. They might not believe me. I’m not eloquent enough.”

To each of Moses’ concerns, God assured him that He had equipped him to accomplish the task and provided him with precisely what he needed. God sent Moses’ brother Aaron as a helper before Moses even knew he needed his brother. God never failed to provide for Moses abundantly.

While God might not task us with addressing pharaohs or leading nations, the tasks He has assigned us are crucial to furthering His kingdom, fulfilling His plan, and sharing the message of hope available through Christ. When fear or excuses paralyze us, we should remember God will equip us with what we need, assure us of His presence, and send helpers when needed. Our job is to obey and step forward in faith. God will supply whatever we need.

What excuses are keeping you from following God’s plan? 

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Emily Marszalek

Emily Marszalek enjoys the simple pleasures in life with her best friend, Nick, and their two Goldendoodles, Charlie and Lucy, in the Pacific Northwest. Her writings have appeared in publications including Angels on Earth, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Listen to Your Dreams, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Blessings of Christmas, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kindness Matters, CBN.com, The Lutheran Digest, Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Daily Inspired Life, and Insight