Do Not Let Excuses Stop You

Daily Devotional

Jeremiah 1:5-6 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Do not let any excuse that you can find stop you from doing what God told you to do. When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, his first inclination was to make an excuse as to why it was not possible for him to do what God told him to do. His response to God was “ I cannot speak, for I am a child.” The excuse he was making was that he was too young to be a prophet. It was estimated that at the time when God called him he was between the ages of 13 and 17 so he was using that as a limiting factor as to why he was not fit to do what he was called to do. God’s response to Jeremiah was “Say not, I am a child”. What God was communicating to Jeremiah was not to use his perceived limitation as an excuse. God is bigger than any perceived limitation that we may have.

There are two reasons we may make an excuse as to why we cannot carry out what God said that we should do. The first is the fear of failure; and, the possibility of a negative response from people in our environment. God gave Jeremiah what he should take to overcome both situations.  

Second, to overcome limitations that he placed on himself because of a fear of failure, the solution that God gave him was to step out and do what he told him to do or say. In referencing that the scripture said “say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. The best way to overcome your fear is to step out and do what God said you should do. Bear in mind that God did not only call Jeremiah, he also anointed him, so there was no reason he was not able to do what God said. To overcome their possibility of a negative response from people, God said “be not afraid of their faces”. In other words, God was telling Jeremiah not to make the response of people his focus. After all, his focus was not please God not people. Use the principles that God gave Jeremiah to push past any excuse that you have been making.

Life Application: Overcome any excuse that you may be making by stepping out and doing what God says that you should do and take your focus off what people will think or say, that should not be your concern. Keep the focus on pleasing God.

Prayer: Lord, help me to remove all limitations from your life and empower me to step out in faith to do all that you have purposed for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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