FAITH CAPSULE: Giving excuse is established in your life?
1 Samuel 15
The word of God is written for our learning and in learning is to walk with God, away from sin against Him. Under heaven, there is nowhere to hide in wrong with the expectation that excuse will override the consequence of sin against God.
Are you one that does not know God and will count on giving the excuse for doing against His word? The word of Jesus speaks to all, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” Before God, there will be no excuse for sin.
Giving excuse is not of God, giving excuse is able to terminate or derail any man from arriving at God’s divine assignment.
King Saul repeatedly disobeyed God but his excuses could not deliver him from the consequences of his disobedient.
King Saul engaged unlawful sacrifice despite the word for him to wait for seven days. At the arrival of Samuel, King Saul responded to Samuel’s question about why he did the offering saying, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, ‘The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.’ Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.” (1 Samuel 13:11-12) Saul was wrong to disobey God’s command. Challenges and its surroundings should not make anyone to disobey God.
After King Saul’s disobedient of unlawful sacrifice, he disobeyed God’s command to kill Agag and the Amalekites when he spared Agag.
Saul gave an excuse to God for not killing King Agag but God rejected Saul as king. (1 Samuel 15)
Unlike King Saul excuse to reject God’s command, excuse could not establish in the life of Elisha to be denied from answering to God’s calling.
At the time of God’s calling of Elisha through Elijah, the excuse of not to answer by Elisha records, “So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. 20 And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” (1 Kings 19:19-20)
Elisha reversed from his excuse to acceptance of following God’s calling.
Do you have an area that your given excuse is denying you to live life for the glory of God?
Today, reverse from any excuse to give oneself to God’s word.
Prayer for today: Ask God that His grace will bring you out of giving oneself to excuses.