‘Excuse me’

By John W. Lewis - Religion Writer

Exodus 3:11, “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” What Moses was saying is “Lord, excuse me. I think you made a mistake when you chose me to carry out your plan to save the people of Israel.”

Excuse me is a common expression that means to release from responsibility, obligation or duty. This phrase is also used to ask forgiveness for an offense we have committed. It is proper to say excuse me if we have offended, but it is not proper to offer excuses for not doing God’s will for our lives.

Maybe we are guilty of doing as Moses did. His excuses were that he was personally inferior, that people would not believe him, and that he was not prepared enough. These excuses were based on wrong evaluations, past failure, not realizing the difference that God can make and too much emphasis on his own ability.

When God gives us a job to do, He gives us the power and He goes with us. 2 Corinthians 3:5 & 12:9, “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

What is your excuse?

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By John W. Lewis

Religion Writer