052913: Except

“And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places” I Kings 3:3 (NKJ).

It was certain that Solomon loved the Lord. It was also certain that Solomon lived by (walked in) the same statutes by which his father, the great King David, lived. However, the foreshadowing of a problem began early in Solomon’s reign. When he was still a young man, he was doing most things well, but in I Kings 3:3, we read the word “except.” When Solomon decided to leave the high places and use them, he allowed an opening for corruption to creep in.

For a while there in his early reign, things were flowing along well. Solomon was rewarded by God for asking for wisdom (chapter 3), everyone in the kingdom had peace and prosperity (chapter 4), he planned and built the temple of God (chapters 5 – 6), he constructed an amazing house of his own (chapter 7), and dedicated the temple (chapter 8). In chapter 9, we read of zero unemployment, and by chapter 10, his fame had so spread that the Queen of Sheba felt compelled to visit to see for herself if the rumors of the great wisdom and wealth of this king and his empire were true. They were.

Oh, but that exception of the high places which was but a tiny crack eight chapters earlier became a gaping chasm by chapter eleven. Solomon’s love for many foreign women caused him to allow them to build temples to their gods on those high places, and then he joined his wives as they worshipped those gods (see I Kings 11:1-8). The outcome? “So the LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the LORD had commanded. Therefore the LORD said to Solomon, ‘Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant’” I Kings 11:9-11 (NKJ).

Indulged exceptions to God’s word always make God angry and lead to loss. Can it be said of you, “She’s got it together, except…” or “In the main he’s pretty solid, except…”? What are those little exceptions with which you refuse to deal? Beware. Indulging those exceptions can one day turn into problems larger than you ever expected, and you’ll lose more than you thought you were gaining by making those exceptions in the first place. It is God’s will that we get rid of our exceptions; that is, tear down our high places.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 29, 2013.

One Response to “052913: Except”

  1. There are no exceptions to the rules.

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