Read: Proverbs 22
Key Verses: Proverbs 22:13. The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!”
Devotional: Below are a few actual excuses listed on police reports following car accidents.
“Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and struck a tree I haven't got.”
“I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”
“I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.”
“I started to slow down but the traffic was more stationary than I thought.”
“A truck backed through my windshield onto my wife's face.”
I think we can all agree that those are some pretty ridiculous excuses. I’ve been known to have my fair share of lame excuses as well.
Maybe you’ve managed to come up with a handful of go-to excuses for getting out of something you don’t want to do as well. What’s the deal with excuses? What’s really behind the excuses that we offer up? Is it fear? Is it apathy? Is it simply selfishness? Proverbs 22:13 gives us some insight into one possible source for our excuses. Laziness. The excuse offered in verse 13 is, believe it or not, a lion. A lion? It would seem pretty unlikely that a lion would prevent someone from going outside and completing what needs to be done. I suppose you could legitimately use the lion excuse if you lived in the jungle but...you don't.
It seems as though the heart of this passage centers around the lazy man’s inability to see what’s truly preventing him from accomplishing what’s at hand. It’s not the lion outside, it’s what’s inside that creates distraction and serves to hinder us from what’s really important. We’ve convinced ourselves that there’s a lion outside so that we don’t have to deal with what’s really happening on the inside.
The reality is that we’re not fooling God so let’s be honest with ourselves and figure out how to come to grips with what’s really going on when we make excuses. Let’s make the choice to address the apathy, the laziness and the fear.
Take Action: What are some of the illegitimate excuses that you use in life? Take some time to identify what the true sources of your excuses really are? Make the choice to eliminate one of your excuses this week and address what’s really going on behind the scenes.
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