Read Psalm 119:49-64
We have become really good at making excuses in our culture. We excuse away things we really don’t want to take the time and do, including exercise, eating healthy, meetings, parties, and anything that usually takes place on the weekends when we would rather be in bed. Let’s get serious…what was the last excuse you used about why you can’t or won’t spend time in God’s Word?
In Psalm 119:50, the Psalmist saw the incredible promises of God’s Truth and the hope we find in Christ…He says his comfort in difficulty is that God’s promises preserve his life. That word preserved or quickened means to live or revive. His promises revive us…but we have to spend time in His Word to know the full magnitude of the promises of God.
I will be the first to raise my hand…I have made all the excuses MANY times. But, when we sit down and think about it, our excuses have no defense. Our excuses are just empty reasons to say we don’t want to.
The one excuse I have always made is, “I just don’t have time.” I didn’t have time for studying God’s Word but I certainly had time for things that weren’t breathing life into me. I had time to sit and spend empty moments scrolling through social media sites, or I chose an extra hour of sleep when I didn’t really need it. I desired more but wasn’t willing to sacrifice my own time to get it.
Read Psalm 119: 59-60; the Psalmist says he considered his ways and then turned his feet…not only that, but he said he did it quickly and didn’t wait. I am reminded of the phrase, “When you know better, do better.” When the Psalmist considered his ways, he knew better and made a change.
The application as a child of God is this – no excuse is great enough to hold us back from seeking God in His Word. When we notice our ways are keeping us from time with the Father, then it is time to quickly turn our feet and do better at making time with Christ a priority. When we do, we will find the same promises that will revive us.