Excuses.  We all have them…. I’m too old. Too young. Too dumb. Too smart. Too quiet. Too loud. Too short. Too tall. Too poor. Too rich. Too __________. Seemingly with anything new or challenging in life we have an excuse ready to pull out of our pocket. These “ready to use excuses” make it incredibly difficult for us to trust God each day and to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  The reality is, if we’re looking for an excuse we’ll always find one.

In Exodus 3, while Moses was wandering in a pasture tending to his sheep God spoke to him through a burning bush: Behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt (9-10).

Obviously, Moses was anxious, overwhelmed, and felt ill-equipped for this monumental challenge.  So he did what all of us would have done, he made an excuse.  As a matter of fact, Moses had four excuses: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11).  “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’” (Exodus 4:1).  “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue” (Exodus 4:10).  “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else” (Exodus 4:13).

With each excuse, God had an answer.  And while each answer varied (read the story here: Exodus 3-4) the main point was simple, trust God and not yourself.

There will be times in life when we feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped, but we must remember that God is leading the way not us.  It is true that if we’re looking for an excuse we’ll always find one.  On the other hand, if we’re looking for an opportunity, God always supplies one.

Instead of seeking excuses, we as Christians should be people that are completely dependent on the supernatural work of God in seemingly impossible situations and circumstances. Jesus is in the business of making the impossible possible.

Today, abandon the excuses and trust that God will give you everything you need to walk by faith and thrive in this life!