Always got an excuse

I Samuel 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

Saul was supposed to destroy all the enemies of the Lord. Instead of doing that he kept the king alive. He also saved the best of the livestock. Then he blamed it on the people. He said that he had done what he was told. He said that whatever wrong had taken place wasn’t his responsibility.

Isn’t that the way we tend to handle things. We do partially what we should then make excuses for the rest. We don’t do what we should and find someone else to blame. We do not accept responsibility for our own behavior. We choose instead to face God and people with an excuse.

It is time, to be honest with ourselves. Making excuses doesn’t work in the long run. It certainly isn’t what we want to teach our children. Remember our children learn more by watching than listening.

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