Scripture Reading: Deut: 30: 11, 14
For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.
Reflection: Moses gathered the people of Israel. He presented to them the terms of the covenant as God had stipulated. There were clear details of blessings outlined for a life of obedience and curses for disobedient lifestyle. With the information shared, everyone knew what was expected of them by God. As Moses brought his discussions to an end, he gets the people to understand that the commandments they had received could now no longer be classified as hidden or kept far off from within their reach. It was now resident in their hearts. This concluding statement carries a deep meaning. It conveys a cardinal principle for living. After having being well informed about what is expected of you, you cannot be allowed to make excuses for what you do not do right. You must always act as expected. Excuses are not permitted for the one who has been well informed. Luke 19:13-24 shares a story about the servants who were given money to trade to buttress this point. The one who gave excuses for his failure was not entertained by the master. God does not like excuses!
Prayer: Dear Lord, I know I don’t have to give an excuse for what I have been taught to do but yet fail to do. Help me break away from the habit of giving of excuses.
Confession: I will not entertain a lifestyle of making and giving of excuses in my life. I will always do as informed and empowered.