Some words are interchangeable and some are not. Without going into great detail giving you examples, let me just get right to the point with a couple of words that are not. There really is a difference between a reason and an excuse.
There is a legitimate cause for a reason. For instance, I am late because there was an accident and it blocked the road, or there was a train that stopped traffic.
An excuse is prefabricated or exaggerated to make it seem real. For instance, there was an accident and it blocked the road, but I left late and it had cleared before I got there or there was a train that stopped traffic, but it had passed by the time I came through.
You may be asking why I am bringing this up. Well, we may be able to deceive man, but God always knows the reality. God, I didn’t have to time to pray and read my Bible this morning, I was just pressed for time. To which God says I know, you laid in bed too long. God. I wanted to go to Church this morning but the storms rolled in and I didn’t want to get caught in them. To which God says that it was the same kind of storm yesterday that you went shopping in.
How about if we just be honest with ourselves and other – especially God – and admit that we didn’t and we have no excuse or reason.