Devotional Readings

No Excuses

Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42:6.

A company found itself in the middle of tense negotiations with union leaders. Company officials insisted that workers were abusing sick-leave privileges. The union denied it.

One morning at the bargaining table the company’s negotiator held up the sports page of the local newspaper. He pointed to a picture showing an employee winning a golf tournament in town. “This man,” the negotiator declared, “called in sick yesterday. But here he is in the paper beside a caption describing his excellent golf score.”

After a moment of silence a union man spoke up. “Wow,” he said, “think of the score he could have had if he hadn’t been sick!”

Nice try! We can deny–we can try to cover up deceptions or our misbehavior. But it usually doesn’t take us very far. Our sins have a way of finding us out. The wise man is abundantly clear: “He who covers his sins will not prosper” (Proverbs 28:13).

Hollow excuses really don’t provide many substantial answers. Flimsy reasoning is sometimes used to cover the grossest sins.

John Wayne Gacy, Jr., was convicted of murdering scores of children in his Chicago home. He claimed innocence despite the discovery of 27 bodies in a crawl space under the house. How did he respond as he faced death by lethal injection? Gacy said, In my heart


from On Solid Ground
Mark Finley | Review & Herald (2003)
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