No Excuses

“When the king heard what was written in the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: “Go to the Temple and speak to the Lord for me and for all the remnant of Israel and Judah. Inquire about the words written in the scroll that has been found. For the Lord’s great anger has been poured out on us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the Lord. We have not been doing everything this scroll says we must do.” 2 Chronicles 34:19-21

I still remember my father’s words.

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” he said. I was learning to drive at the age of 15 and rolled through a right-turn-on-red without coming to a complete stop.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t know,” I said. His words echoed back again to remind me, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

“Yes, sir,” I said, wanting desperately to please. But wanting to please wasn’t enough.

The king in our passage of Scripture wanted desperately to please, too. He had just found out what was written in God’s law, and discovered that the people had not been obedient to all of God’s commands. His ignorance of the law was no excuse, and he tore his clothes in despair. He had a heart that longed to be obedient to God.

What about you? Do you have a heart that longs to please God? Have you read His Word to discover what He requires of you?

May you learn what is pleasing to Him, may you do what He requires, and may this be the best day you’ve ever had in your life.

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