Will you make exceptions, or be exceptional?

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 15-16, John 3:1-18

Today’s Reflection: 2 Kings 15:3-5a And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done; Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places. And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death…

Today we learn about when making exceptions can keep us from becoming exceptional. 

Verse three starts out really well for King Azariah. He was off to a great start in life. In fact, he was only sixteen years old when he began to reign. And for a sixteen year old king to be paid a compliment by The Lord Himself that “he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD” is an awesome position to be in to say the least. 

However, just read on, because that’s not the end of the story. Just as we begin to understand that this young king had his whole life ahead of him, and that he had a chance to really procure the favor of God on his life and reign as king over Israel, we learn of his besetting sin. He just wouldn’t remove the “high places” of idol worship from the land. 

No doubt being young, ambitious, and perhaps a bit na├»ve, he must have assumed that one exception to his living right would do little to no harm. After all, maybe he even wondered if, since he himself wasn’t an idol worshipper, that this “small” exception of leaving the high places alone would be no big deal. But, as we see when we read on, this was THE sin that took away his strength, his dignity, his health, his testimony, and ultimately his life. 

What was his crime? He made an exception that God did not allow for. He turned a blind eye (though he could see it clearly) to the high places which were strictly forbidden of The Lord. He had influence to change what he was not willing to, and for that he lost all of his influence unwillingly. 

Now, he could have been an exceptional king. He could have reigned a long and prosperous season. He could have ushered revival back into the nation of Israel by tearing down the high places and calling the people back to The Lord. He could have literally changed the course of history for his nation, and completely changed the narrative of this sad but true historical scene. 

But, he chose exceptions over exceptionalism. He underestimated the power of sin. And now, I ask you, will you make exceptions, or become exceptional for Christ?

Stay tuned for our next devotional to help you in your journey with becoming exceptional for Christ!

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