NO MORE EXCUSES
Read: Ezekiel 18:1-18
The soul who sins shall die. —Ezekiel 18:4
When salmon travel hundreds of miles up rivers and streams to spawn,
they are acting on instinct. They are in a sense being driven by an
I read about a young convict who thinks that human conduct is similar to
that of the salmon. Referring to the murders he committed and to his
own fate, he said, "Things just happen." He thinks some kind of force
was responsible for his pulling the trigger and killing two people. But
he is wrong. Man is free and cannot blame his sinful actions on an
uncontrollable force such as instinct.
More than 2,500 years ago, some Israelites were using a similar excuse
for their sin. They quoted a well-known proverb that placed the blame
for their sins on their ancestors (Ezekiel 18:2). But God told them they
were wrong. He said that a good man will not be punished for the sins
of a wicked son. Nor will a godly son be punished for the sins of his
Make no mistake. No matter what your situation, you are responsible for
what you do. Stop offering excuses for your sins. Instead, acknowledge
your guilt to God and accept the forgiveness He offers (Psalm 32:5).
That's the first step in exercising your individual responsibility.
—Herb Vander Lugt