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There's Always an Exception

1 Kings 3:3
And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

Except. This is the universal excuse for violating agreements and procedures. It is the reason I give for less than complete obedience. "I would have, except..." "I tried, but..."

Solomon was commended for loving the Lord, even following the Godly directives given to him by his father. But he has developed some bad habits of his own; worship practices that while permitted by the Lord, weren't in compliance with "best practices." His worship at the high places (the places where idols were worshiped) reveal how we all are prone to develop habits, either out of ignorance or laziness, that nevertheless violate the boundaries of our relationship with God. Interestingly, after God appears to him in a dream, Solomon goes to the temple and offered offerings to the Lord in the right place.

Lord, I want to start cutting out the "excepts" in my life; the little points of compromise and convenience that keep me from being fully engaged with You.

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