except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places…(1 Kings 3:3).
Solomon was a man of wisdom…except…
Solomon’s exceptions eventually become idols that controlled his life. Our exceptions have a way of doing that too. I’ve seen it in my own life. It starts out as a thought like, “Well, this is OK, because it’s not like I do it ALL the time.” Every time we make an exception we lay another brick of deception upon our hearts.
As Jesus went to die He tore down every exception to be exceptional for God. He could have chosen anything but the cross. He could have “made an exception,” because after all, He was wrongfully accused and He didn’t deserve to be murdered. Jesus understood, that in order to walk in line with God’s will, there is no room for exceptions.
In my own heart, I’m a lot like Solomon. Making exceptions for my own idols so they continue to take up residency in my own heart. Some of them, have controlled me for years, because for far too long, I’ve made far too many exceptions.
Oh Lord, forgive me. I want to be like you. I don’t want to make exceptions for my sin. I want to live in freedom with you Lord Jesus. Let your heart become my heart. Let your joy become my joy. Today I die because I need your life to be resurrected in me. I want to live keenly aware of the fact that I daily struggle with the things my heart loves to make exceptions for, in Jesus name, Amen.