Excuses? Tuesday, August 7th 2012

Jeremiah 1:6-7

Then said I: "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth." But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak."
NKJV

God knows everything about us... what we've done, what we will do - it's a hard thing to really grasp. In spite of this, He still wants to use us. Many times God's plan for our lives does not jive with our own plan for our lives. What do we do then? Jeremiah wanted God to accept the excuse that he's too young and inexperienced to do what God has called him to. God, on the other hand, knew exactly what Jeremiah was capable of. He chose Jeremiah not because of what Jeremiah wanted to do, but because of what He could do through Jeremiah.

Have you been handing God excuses? "Lord, I know You want me to do this but..." How can you say "Lord" and "but" in the same sentence? You can't, friend. It's one or the other. Either He is Lord of your life or He isn't. If you are throwing out excuses not to do what God has asked you to do, maybe you need to consider just who is Lord of your life?

Life Lesson: God's will leads to blessing; our selfish will leads to destruction.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for loving me. Forgive me for times when I've given You excuses instead of hearing, believing and doing. Please show me areas of my life where I am saying "but" to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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