Posted By admin on July 17, 2011
And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused (St. Luke 14: 18).
What it means to be dependable
To depend means to rely and trust for help or support. To be dependable, our promises must be backed by our actions. Our beliefs must be supported by our deeds. Be men and women of our words. Not only talk the talk but be willing to walk it also. God could depend on Job, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1: 8). Can God depend on you as he did on Job? Excuses are enemy to trust. The master of the feast could not depend on his guests. Instead of support they offered excuses. If you want to be dependable, you have to be willing to give up the excuses.
Disobedience leads to excuses
King Saul was unreliable and consistently so. God could not count on him for anything. God told him to kill all in Amelik and he saved some (I Samuel 15: 10-24). There was an occasion where he became impatient whilst waiting for Prophet Samuel and offered the sacrifice even though it was not his place to do so (I Samuel 13: 8-14). In despair he sought strange spirits which was an abomination to the Lord (I Samuel 28: 7-19). And for every violation that King Saul made he had a reason to justify why the excuse was the better alternative than obeying God. But excuses deplete dependability. It is not difficult for many to differentiate excuses from valid reasons, how much more about God who knows our thoughts afar off? (Psalms 139: 2). When God wants us, when God needs our service can he depend on us or will we offer excuses?
The True Nature of Excuses
If excuses make us unreliable why do we keep giving them? We give excuses to conceal our real motives. Those invited to the feast must have thought of it as a waste of their time. All their excuses were about their daily chores and nothing special or urgent (St. Luke 14: 16-21). On the surface excuses seem like valid reasons. Excuses have an element of deceit and hypocrisy, to make the other believe otherwise, making false appearance and intentionally misrepresenting the true intention. Saul said the people took the spoil of Amalek. He deliberately did not include himself in the wrong doing. Those making excuses never accept their sins. Adam said it was Eve, Eve said it was the serpent (Genesis 3: 9-13 ). And the blame goes around. It is always somebody or something else. Excuses deplete our integrity, because they make us unreliable thus not dependable. Without fail, we can depend on God, but can God count on you? When you have to account do you take the responsibility or do you blame somebody or something?
Consistency builds Dependability
God could confirm that Job was righteous. In other words, God could depend on Job. Even in his trials and tribulations Job still worshipped God (Job 1: 20), trusted God even though he perceived that the Lord slew him (Job 13: 15), and blessed the Lord when everything was taken from him (Job 1: 21). The devil told God that Job will curse him. But Job instead rebuked his wife: “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips (Job 2: 10) nor charged God foolishly (Job 1: 22). Job’s actions justified God’s trust in him. How do you measure? Can God depend on you for anything? or something?
Results of being unreliable
So, when God cannot depend on us how do our excuses measure up? There are no alternatives to God’s Commandments. As God could not rely on Israel to keep his commandments, God was ready and willing to replace them (Exodus 32: 7-14) . The master of the feast called others who were of a willing heart (St. Luke 14: 21-24). As God replaced Saul with David, Judas Iscariot with Matthias (Acts 1: 23-26) so we too can be replaced if we are slothful in our field of labour.
“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out” (St. Luke 19: 37-40).
Whilst we cannot replace God, sadly God can replace us, even with stones. Make your service count before God, so God can depend on you as much you depend on Him.