Excuses Cause Delay in Spiritual Progress

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9).

Too often we offer excuses as a means of justifying not doing what God has called us to do. A lot of us have various reasons for why we haven’t performed what God has asked us to do.

The Samaritan woman had a similar spirit. After becoming weary due to traveling a great distance, Jesus asks the woman to give him a drink. Instead of providing Him with what He requested, she gave a reason to justify why she couldn’t do it. She was a Samaritan and Jesus was a Jew and Samaritans and Jews didn’t associate with one another.

She offers Jesus a reason to make herself feel better about not doing what He asked her to do. Many of us can relate to this because we’ve given a number of excuses to make ourselves feel better about not giving the Lord the response He desires. We’ve offered various reasons to legitimize our decision to not move out on what God said.

We stay in unhealthy relationships because we’ve justified our stance. We do things we’re not supposed to because we’ve sanctioned our actions. We refuse to step out on faith and take God at His word because we’ve established various reasons to endorse our behavior.

The more excuses you make, the more you prolong the process of God giving you something better than what you have. The Samaritan woman came to the well to obtain a jar of water, but Jesus had intentions of giving her the Living Water. I encourage you to do what God is calling you to do so you won’t delay what He has for your life.

For further study, please read John 4:1-10.

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