Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” 12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” 13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” Genesis 3:9-13 NKJV
Like Adam and Eve, irresponsible people have a tendency to make excuses for their failures. Out of the need to appear right—when they are obviously wrong–they unashamedly offer an excuse for their breach of duty to God’s Word. You can’t take responsibility for where you if you have to be right. God’s grace and unconditional love and acceptance have delivered us from the need to be “right.”
For example, I was told about a woman who chose to stay in an extremely abusive marriage because she wanted to the right. She refused to separate from or divorce her husband because she wanted to be right by standing on God’s Word but couldn’t find a scripture to support a decision to leave. But this may have been just an excuse to her demise. An excuse to remain in such a debilitating relationship was needless (Acts 2:40).
When irresponsible people offer excuses, they are wanting for others to make an allowance for their poor choices; to overlook it; to justify it; or, to give them a pass and be released from a God-given duty, i.e., to be doers of the Word (Jas. 1:22). When an excuse isn’t accepted, it can often lead to complaining and rebellion (Num. 11). Like David, you need to rise up and own up to your choices and take responsibility for yourself and your choices (2 Sam. 12:13). When you fall short: learn your lesson, enquire of God, and make a new choice—don’t make excuses (Luke 22:31-32). Rise up. Own up to your choices and stop making excuses!