I want to use this time to write about the last thing we talked about yesterday: excuses. We make excuses all the time in our everyday life, for why we didn’t get something done on time, why we faltered and did something we know was wrong, and why we didn’t do something we knew was right. In fact, if I want to be real and transparent, in writing this post, I made excuses all week for why I didn’t write it earlier. And if I was truthful, I was lazy and didn’t feel like doing it because I knew I had more time until time was up and it was either get it done or send it out late.
But here’s the thing, excuses shouldn’t be driving our lives. Excuses shouldn’t be the thing that is stopping us from living a full life of Christ. And part of the problem is we’re looking for perfection. As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 11:4: “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
If we’re always looking for those ideal conditions where everything must be perfect before acting, they will never come. There is no such thing as a perfect condition because Satan will not allow it. If just a small little attack can through us off our game, he wins. He gets the better of us and God’s work goes unfinished.
But Solomon doesn’t leave us hanging. In verse 5, He tells us that we do not know the work of God and how the wind blows, or how a baby is created in the womb and gives life. And then he says in verse 6: “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.”
Translation: You don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t know what will be successful and what will fail. But still do it anyway. Why? Because maybe, just maybe, it all will succeed. And even if it doesn’t, you are still honoring God with your actions.
Excuses should not be found in God’s people. Excuses are a sign of doubt and a lack of faith. Yes, it may not (and probably won’t) go exactly as you designed, and may be deemed a failure, but at least you did something to honor God in the process. Only God can make a seed grow, our role is to plant the seed so it has the opportunity.
What happens next depends on how each and every one of us responds to this message. There is a lost and hurting world out there who needs Jesus, who desperately needs to hear the Word of God be proclaimed and shouted from the rooftops. But if all we do is make excuses, and hide Christ within ourselves, those we love and care about may not get to hear this important message that has radically transformed who we are.
So no matter how challenging it may be, we must remember one thing: Fools continue to make excuses, while the wise rise up and repent. Let’s make progress. Let’s get moving. Let’s win this world for Christ. Let’s be an army of believers who don’t let the fear and insecurities of this world get the better of us, but rather ones who will always take the hill and speak about the God who we believe with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is above all.