Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“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 Samuel 15:24-25, 30 NIV

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 even can 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” (Psalm 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.

As He reveals sins, 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 seek to be led by His Spirit.


Prayer: Father, reveal to me if I am making any excuses for sins in my life. Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Thank You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.