Benjamin Franklin once noted that “he who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” How true! Excuses often are what keep us from doing the will of God in our lives, because when we repeat them often enough, they become self-fulfilling prophecies.
The Israelites were told to go in and conquer the Promised Land. But they didn’t because they had all sorts of excuses. There were giants in the land. The cities were walled. The enemy had a large army. And so instead of trusting God doing what He had called them to do, they ended up wandering in the wilderness, murmuring and complaining. But as we will learn today, they were without excuse, and so they were “destroyed by the destroyer.” The scary thing is that they lived as examples for us, as a warning to us, that when it comes to doing the will of God, we too are without excuse.
May we take to heart the words of our text today in 1 Corinthians,