“Fresh Out of Excuses” from Guest Blogger Gary Rogers

Sharing a devotional from my awesome dad, Gary Rogers today. Enjoy!
Fresh Out Of Excuses

During our childhood years most all of us were great at giving excuses for why something didn’t get done. Homework, it was the dog ate it. Book report, it was my little brother puked on it. Mowing the yard, it was too hot. Shoveling the snow off the driveway, it was too cold. Cleaning your bedroom, “I forgot”. Doing the dishes, putting up the laundry, vacuuming, and all other chores, “I didn’t know that was my job”.

Entering adulthood and developing in maturity canceled out the use of most excuses making them sound pretty lame. Can you imagine telling your boss that the yearend accounting report is not available due to your dog eating it? “I forgot” sounds ridiculous coming from the mouth of a parent as a reason for not caring for their baby. “I didn’t know it was my job” doesn’t work for an adult responsible for the income of the family. Adult maturity invalidates most excuses.

Romans 1:20,21 – “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” NKJV

Here we are given traits of a reprobate mind. This is the mind that motivates towards actions that are immoral or illegal. These individuals promote a lifestyle of darkness and love cultivating the same in others. Notice the emphasis of the teaching is that they are fresh out of excuses. They may not want to acknowledge God. They may even prefer to declare that there is no God. But evidence points to the reality that there must be a God.

When we look at God’s creation we see His attributes. In the human body we see His incredible ability to design and manufacture a complex living being. In the mountains, rivers, deserts, oceans, and varying landscape of the planet we see His undeniable power with diversity. The sky, sun, moon, and innumerable stars all point to unlimited imagination and expansion. God may not be seen visibly, but His attributes can be clearly seen in what He has created.

Mature thinking tells us that You and I are fresh out of excuses in attempting to give reasons for not believing in God.

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