In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.” 2 Samuel 11:1 (ESV)
Though familiar with King David’s succession of sins: with Bathsheba and the murder of her innocent husband, and its eventual consequences; ripping apart of David’s family and civil war in the kingdom – how did it all start? Did it start when David looked out from his balcony?
No! It started when it was time for kings to go to battle, and David stayed behind at home letting others fight the battles with his enemies.
Now, think about past sins in your own life. How did those start?
If you are not where you should be, you are more susceptible to temptation.
And, if not where you should be, a key sign is feeling uneasy.
In verse 2 when David arose from his bed and walked on the roof, the Hebrew suggests that David was pacing back and forth. David couldn’t sleep and felt uneasy – uneasy because he wasn’t where God wanted him to be.
For me, early in my Christian walk I heard this emphasis in the story about King David, took it to heart, and whenever feeling uneasy, I have asked the Lord, “Am I in the right place?” and if “No” I try to get to the right place quickly. That lifestyle choice has probably kept me out of a lot of trouble.
Note how the battle in this story ends: Rabbah was the capital city of the Ammonites. Without David the army has partial success. Later, with David the army takes the city.
Daily Battle Order:
Take stock of where you are now, are you where you should be, doing what you know you should be doing?
Think back about your own past sins, its consequences, and how they started. Though you can’t change what has happened, you can learn from the past to change what you do today.