As I thought about these strange excuses, I couldn't help but remember a song I had heard a gospel quartet sing. "Excuses, excuses, you'll hear them everyday, and the devil he'll supply them, if the church you stay away, when people come to know the Lord, the devil always loses, so to keep them folks away from church, he offers them excuses." How many times do we offer up an excuse for something we just do not want to do? Whether it be missing a gospel meeting, not teaching a Bible class or just not attending worship, what is our excuse really saying?
Matthew 5:37 says "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes', and your 'No' be 'No'. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one." I believe we offer excuses because we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, or maybe we don't want to share the real reason we are saying no. However look at the second part of that verse - where is our excuse from? Satan was giving excuses to us from the beginning (Genesis 3:10, 12, 13).
Next time you're tempted to offer an excuse, think about what it is you really want to say and why and also, where that excuse is really from.