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I can sometimes see trouble on the horizon. Sometimes I can’t. When I do, I start making excuses in my head for the problems I cause. I wonder if anyone else does the same. What I should do is present my problems and dilemmas to God and get His perspective, insight, and support. Moses did that in a round about way. He presented his shortcomings and fears about what he anticipated was coming- unbelief from his countrymen and conflict with the Egyptians. He said to God, in essence: ‘please excuse me (pardon me)’, let me out of this situation! He was making excuses beforehand for failures ahead. Even though Moses was right about what was coming, he lacked faith in what God could do. I feel the same at times. But, my faith in God has grown substantially. I no longer make as many excuses. I am trying to recognize my shortcomings and rely upon God’s goodness, grace, and power to solve the problems around and ahead of me.

Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. Exodus 4:10-14 NIV

What issues am I facing right now? How and how quickly can I seek God’s direction and insight?

God, as this day begins, I pause to place my problems before You. I trust You have the wisdom I lack, the power I need, and the grace to supply. May I be more like You in this manner. May I make fewer excuses, take greater responsibility, and find your power at work all around me. Thank you for my wonderful children and grandchildren, my wife and friends. Thank you for some days in such a beautiful countryside as Maui.

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