(David Deffenbaugh, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister Paragould, Arkansas.
This short devotional is from his daily Bible reading website, i read the word)
I can remember my parents making the observation during the disciplinary process, “You know better than that!”
They were right. And I’m not the only one for whom this phenomenon is true.
That has led to another observation: people sometimes know better than they do. While ignorance is rarely ever a favorable condition, knowledge is not a sufficient antidote for wrong behavior.
Nowhere is this fact any more evident than in the case of Solomon, the wisest man in the world.
Solomon knew so much. He knew that fearing God is the foundation of all wisdom and man’s purpose for existence (Prov. 1:7; 9:10; Ecc. 12:13). He knew that a wife (not to mention 700 wives; 1 Kings 11:3) could pose a great challenge (see Prov. 19:13; 21:9, 19; 25:24). He knew that life is filled with many pitfalls, hazards, and temptations that required much discernment, courage, and faith.
And, on top of all he knew, he also had been explicitly reminded of the rewards and blessings of faithfulness to God and the dire consequences of failing to do so (1 Kings 9:4-9).
Still, incredibly, Solomon forsook God (1 Kings 11:4-8).
Obviously, we may allow influences into our lives that supersede our knowledge, that surpass our devotion to God, and eclipse all warnings and encouragements.
To succeed where the wisest man failed does not require greater knowledge or understanding, it does not mean that we must be better informed, warned or encouraged than he. For all that Solomon knew, he did not do.
Really, it all comes down to doing what we already know; and that’s why Jesus put ultimate emphasis on actually doing His will (Matt. 7:21; Mark 3:35; Luke 6:46).
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