Devotional: The five excuses of Moses (2023)

If you have seen the movie "The Ten Commandments" you probably have some knowledge about the life of Moses. He was saved from the river Nile by Pharaoh's daughter and she raised him as her own son.

Moses grew up as a privileged child as the step-grandson of Pharaoh. However, at the age of 40 God put into Moses' heart to deliver Israel from the bondage of slavery.

Moses attempted to do this his way and killed an Egyptian who was abusing an Israelite and had to flee the country. He spent the next 40 years of his life working as a shepherd for his father-in-law. One day God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. He was instructed to go back to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let God's people go. Moses then gave his five excuses to God.

The first one is found in Exodus 3:11, "I don't have the ability." However, Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Moses had the ability of God inside him. The next excuse was, "I don't know what to say." Yet, in the book of Acts it says, "Moses was great in words and deeds."

The third excuse was "I don't have any authority or a position." Number four was "I am not a good speaker" and number five is found in Exodus 4:13, "Oh my Lord, please send someone else."

Excuses are a killer. Excuses and procrastination go hand in hand. The first step in overcoming procrastination is to eliminate all excuses and reasons for not making decisive and immediate actions. We have to have the courage to stand up to our excuses. These are a primary tactic of the devil to hold us back and to miss God's timing in our life.

Someone once said, "You are moving forward, backward or on a treadmill." Procrastination and making excuses put us on the treadmill of life. I encourage you to fortify yourself with prayer and renew your mind with the Word of God and get off the treadmill and go forward.

God is on our side. Have a great week!


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