What then will be your excuse?

You know those advertisements asking, “What’s in your wallet?” Imagine if it was a faith-based organization asking, “What’s your excuse?” I bring this up after a recent reading of Exodus chapter four. That is the account where God has instructed Moses to go to Egypt and bring the Israelites out of bondage. At first, Moses tells the Almighty that the people will not believe that the Lord has appeared to him (Exodus 4:1). In other words, Moses has doubts. A few miracles from God later and Moses informs The Lord that he is not a good speaker, resulting in God saying, ‘Don’t worry about it; I’ll be right there with you.’ Even so, Moses prays for God to send someone else. That’s when God gets angry (Exodus 4:14) and informs Moses that Aaron is on his way to meet Moses.

God wants us to do things for Him, spreading the Gospel being one example. Still, are you reluctant to take on His assignments? Are you scared? Only you can answer these questions, but I can tell you that you are not alone if you feel uneasy. I used to be terrified of going door knocking to invite people to church. No, I was not scared of people. In this business, face to face conversations come with the territory, even in radio. Honestly, I was scared that someone would ask me questions I would not be able to answer. Meanwhile, there have been days when news reporting was difficult and I wanted someone else to ask questions and talk about things that upset people. Having said that makes me think of a saying that fear is to the devil what faith is to God. You see, God wants us to take a leap of faith. Noah did, as well as Abraham, Gideon and David. Those are but a few examples (Hebrews 11), but look at what God was able to do through them because of their faith. The rest, as they say, is history.

Speaking of history, we will all stand before The Lord one day to give an account (2 Corinthians 5:10). Yes, we are saved by grace through faith and not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9), but our works show our faith (James 2:14-26). When The Lord asks about things in your life, how will you respond? Will have you an answer? Or will you have an excuse? I don’t know about you, but I want to hear “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” I do not deserve it, but Jesus endured things beyond my wildest imagination to pave a way for us to be with Him in paradise. All we are asked to do is believe, to put Him first. Moses did not believe that people would think he was actually sent by God. Moses doubted whether God would be able to use him as an orator. When God told him otherwise, Moses still hesitated.

Go forth today and step out in faith. Meanwhile, pray to God for strength, courage and wisdom. If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time.

What then will be your excuse?

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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