Proverbs 22:13 (ESV)
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!  I shall be killed in the streets!”
In choosing to follow God’s leading through our spirit, we have to be aware that the desires and tendencies of the flesh never go away quietly.  When we know what God’s will is in our lives and deliberately choose to ignore it, the easiest thing to do is to try and come up with an excuse for our inaction.
In Proverbs 22, notice that the overriding issue pointed out here is laziness, not fear.  However, sometimes in our attempt to justify ourselves, we become convinced that our reasoning is true.  Then fear CAN become a roadblock making it twice as hard to take that step out in faith.
While the lion reference might seem ridiculous (which I believe is the author’s intention), our excuses are often just as much of a departure from reality.  But the longer we hold onto them, the more likely we are to believe them no matter how unrealistic they might be.
What excuses are you currently making in your life?  Ask God to help you see them for exactly what they are so He can help you continue to grow and mature in faith.
Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor