The Reason I Cannot …

Nov 03

by Victoria Robinson

What is your excuse? When God calls, do you start making up reasons for why you cannot do what He has asked? When asked to go speak to the Israelites, Moses said he was slow of speech. That was just one of the numerous excuses he gave God.  Ananias said that Saul was a murderer and therefore it would not be wise to go witness to him. Jonah thought taking a cruise on the seas would be preferrable to answering God’s call. Jonah used the excuse that God was gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love, and one who relents from sending calamity. Pretty ironic when you consider that after he fled, he needed God to show all of those wonderful qualities to hm.

It is always unwise to argue with your heavenly Father. Just as Moses, Ananias, and Jonah came to see, God will always prevail. Hezekiah, the 13th king of Judah, was obedient to God and therefore prospered. Dearest girlfriends, I pray that if there are requests the Lord has made of us and we have refused, we would resolve the issue by making haste to Him in complete obedience.

So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” … Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” ~ Exodus 3:10-11,4:10-13 NIV
 
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem.  And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. ~ Acts 9:10-15 NIV
 
The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. ~ Jonah 1:1-3 NIV
  
But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. ~ Jonah 4:1-2 NIV
 
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. ~ Jonah 2:1-2 NIV
 
This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered. ~ 2 Chronicles 31:20-21 NIV

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