After writing last week’s blog about living for God except, I came across this verse.
“For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.” 1 Kings 15:5 (NLT)
Of course this single “except” led to the loss of a baby, the death of one son, the rape of a daughter, and eventually the death of King David’s favorite son as the son was trying to overthrow his father’s kingdom.
A single little “except” can lead to a world of trouble, pain, and loss. It can cripple our ministry, destroy our ability to tell others about Jesus, and crush our families.
This morning, I read the counterbalance to “except” :
“But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him.” 1 Corinthians 8:6 (NLT)
The solution to the problem of “except” is to live for Him.
With, of course, no exceptions.