What’s Your Excuse?
1 Samuel 17:37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.”
David and Saul are two unique individuals they were the first two kings of Israel and in the battle with Goliath we see the difference between I can’t and I can. Saul and all his warriors all looked at a towering giant that was Goliath and knew they were destined for failure. Failure was in their hearts from the start because not a single one of them believed they were capable of defeating Goliath. It took a young middle school age boy to offer a different perspective, a Godly perspective. But first Saul and his men tried to give David their “I can’t” attitude of failure. In 1 Samuel 17:33, Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” Everyone told David he was going to fail and gave him the reasons, he was too young, not a seasoned warrior, or too weak. David could have said your right and joined the “I can’t” crowd, no one would have faulted him but he would have failed like the rest. I love his response to his eminent demise or failure in verse 37, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.” You see David knew in his own power and strength he could not defeat Goliath but he wasn’t going to fight Goliath in his own power and strength. Instead He placed his trust in God, the one who would help him win the battle. David said “I can!” because he knew God would enable him.
So many times in life we have the choice to be David or Saul. Something tough or even impossible comes our way and we have a choice between I can’t and I can. It may be ourselves making excuses or those around us coming up with excuses or reasons for how it will fail and we are left with a choice. The truth of that choice is that when we start with an attitude of failure, all we'll accomplish is failure. We can’t let "I can't" prevent us from accomplishing what God can! It is as simple as that. Sure sometimes we’ll make mistakes and fails but it is much better to try and fail than to live with a lifetime of regret and missed opportunities. If you believe you are going to fail then the only thing you’ll succeed at is failure but I believe God has called us to something greater than ourselves or our abilities. Think about it, if you have an excuse for why you will fail at something then you also have the way you can succeed. Because God will work in and through our weakness and to give us strength. It is also through our weakness when everyone else around us says You Can’t that God demonstrates WE Can!
So whatever you are facing today. Quit making excuses for how you will fail before you even start and change your outlook from “I can’t” to with God’s help “I can!”