Memory Verse: "'I have sinned. I violated the Lord's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them...forgive my sin...But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.'" (1 Sam.15:24-25,30 NIV)
Scripture Reading: 1 Sam.15:1-35.
Saul had disobeyed God, but even after admitting his sins, he started making excuses. Instead of admitting his guilt, Saul blamed others and tried to cover up his actions with false spirituality. Then, he tried to convince Samuel that he should not have to face correction.
It is so easy to be like Saul and make excuses for our mistakes. We might seek to blame others, like our parents or friends. We can point to flaws in our education or poor economic conditions. We can point to the influence of programs, films, or social media. We can even use the things of God as an excuse.
But we all need to realize that excuses don't draw us closer to God, fix our problems, or lead to peace or greater blessings.
In contrast with Saul, David was honest when his sins were revealed. He asked God to "wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and to "create in me a clean heart." (Ps.51)
If you want victory, don't give in to excuses. Be honest with God. Remember that He is interested in what is best for you. He wants to deal with anything that blocks the flow of His blessings and creates problems for you.
By way of application of today's devotional in our individual lives, I am admonishing us that as God reveals our sins to us, we should confess them before Him. Ask Him to create a clean heart in you, to forgive, heal, and restore you. Then, commit your life to serving and pleasing Him. Seek to have a more intimate relationship with Him. Live according to His principles. And of course, seek to be led by His Spirit, every moment of your life.
Ponder Point: Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit eliminates our ability to make excuses for our sins.
Action Point: Do not allow your flesh push you [anymore] to make excuses for your sins. Own up and be truly sorry when convicted.
Prayer: Father, reveal to me if I am making excuses for sins in my life. Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me in Jesus name, Amen.