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
David was King of Israel. His place and mission was to lead the fight for his people. Instead, he sent others to do the fighting, and remained home. As a result, David missed out on the battlefield victory, and instead, positioned himself for failure. Read the rest of 2 Samuel, Chapter 11 for the full story of how David’s choice to stay off the battlefield led to adultery, deceit, lying, betrayal, murder, and consequences.
Why do we train on battlefields? Because real men fought and died on that very ground. Physically being on the ground where battles were actually fought changes your perspective as you see the perspective of those who fought there. The lay of the land and how the geographic features either helped or hindered. The value of positioning on the high ground of Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg. The defense, measured retreat from, and taking of the high ground of Snodgrass Hill at Chickamauga. The allure of the low ground and seeming but false protection of the boulders of Devil’s Den at Gettysburg.
King David put himself out of position, alone and away from his men, making himself vulnerable to attack, in the seeming but false protection of his home in Jerusalem. Sounds alot like Devil’s Den.
By training on battlefields, we learn from the experience of those that have gone before us, we come away with knowledge applicable to the battles we all face today, and we then have the opportunity to apply that battle knowledge and not repeat history.
Daily Battle Order:
Kingdom Men, because we are all on this earth together, and this earth is a battlefield, therefore, we are all in a battle together. Training for battle is essential, otherwise, like the Ammonites, and like David, we will be positioned for defeat, out of place, alone, unprepared, and end up ravaged and besieged by the enemy of our souls.
Training for the battle positions us for victory.
The spring of the year is coming. The Joshua Commission invites you to join us on the Chickamauga Battlefield, April 22-24, 2021, where Kingdom Men will be training for battle and positioning for victory, together.
Where will you be?