Practice Makes Perfect
If your upbringing was anything like my own, you probably heard your parents say, “Practice makes perfect!” Maybe you were trying to learn a new sport or a musical instrument, and as it is with anything, you had to spend time learning your craft. However, just as we can spend time practicing positive activities in our lives, if we are not careful, we may also develop harmful practices.
In 1 Kings 11, we find that Solomon, David’s son, is king over Israel. Solomon had begun his reign seeking wisdom from the Lord. The Lord appeared to him twice, and blessed the works of his hands. He found great favor, even with man, because of God’s hand on his life. However, Solomon had a weakness, his love for women. The people of Israel were warned not to marry foreigners, “for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” (vs. 2b). Solomon ignored the warning of God. He married 700 women, and had 300 concubines. The scripture states, “Solomon clung to these in love.” (vs.2). The love of Solomon’s heart was no longer wholly devoted to the Lord.
Although our world will often wink at sin, God takes sin very seriously. 1 Kings 11:11 states, “Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Since this has been your practice not to keep my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and give it to your servant.’” Solomon’s sinful lifestyle became the practice of his life because his heart was not centered on the Lord. The result of his sin would be the downfall of the kingdom of Israel.
What are the practices in your life? Do they honor the Lord? Do your actions promote His holiness or your selfishness? What about those of your children? Solomon allowed his heart to love the very thing from which God said stay away. This love caused him to cling tightly to what the Lord said to throw away. Our children will model what they see us live out. May we be challenged to live a life worthy of the calling of Christ, so that the innocent eyes that watch us may do the same.
So why not build disciplines into our lives and into the lives of our family members that will compel us to seek the perfection of our Heavenly Father? After all, practice makes perfect!