(Today’s post by James Rooks)
Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. – 2Sa 11:1 NASB
David was not in the fight, and as the saying goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” We see people get bored and then get in trouble. It’s when we are not going all out that we, too, sometimes get in trouble and get burned. I am currently helping coach my son’s 7-8 year old football team, which is his first year of contact football. One thing we are constantly having to coach the boys on is to go “all out” when either running the ball, tackling, or blocking. The other night as I was coaching our QB on taking snaps and making hand-offs, I look over as Noah is running through a drill with another group. He’s carrying the ball and slows up just before the tackler makes contact….and he gets DRILLED. I could hear the coaches of the group exhorting him, “don’t stop!” To his credit, he bounced back up and was good to go, with a lesson learned hopefully. I know it’s a paradox; but the harder you hit, the less it hurts to get hit. David’s story is not a lot different than this. Up to this point, there isn’t a lot about David that we would be able to critique. He was a man of honor, a brave warrior, strategic leader, and a trusted friend. What happened to David for him to so quickly get caught up in the scandalous events of 2 Samuel 11?
David had gone and done all the conquering. Somehow at this point, he had either become bored with the battles or was ready to take a break. Either way, we know all too well how this story goes. David catches a peek of Bathsheba bathing, and instead of heading in the other direction, he lingers; and the rest is history. It’s amazing what one will do to cover up one sin. What starts with watching Bathsheba bathe ends with the murder of her husband, Uriah. I wonder how many times along the way did David think to himself: “how in the world have I gotten myself into this mess?” Did it start with his lack of resistance to her beauty, or was it further back with him not being in the battle with his men?
I will assert that David’s real troubles began when he stayed home and sent Joab to do his job. Had he been in the battle with his men, he would have never seen the beautiful woman bathing that night. It would have been a non-story.
The key here is that our enemy doesn’t ever seem to take a vacation. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – 1 Pe 5:8 NIV
David fell victim to this because it looks like he got a little too comfortable with himself.
So what does this mean for us today? Are we at risk and vulnerable just like David? Yep. Would the enemy love nothing more than to see Christian families broken down and filled with scandal, lies, and broken lives? Yes. What can we do to defend against a debacle like the one in 2 Samuel 11?
When our involvement requires us to be on our toes, our faith in God is grown; and we also have a way of staying out of the kind of trouble that David ran into in 2 Samuel 11. It’s during the time that we get out of the game and resist contact that we get DRILLED with sin. We start placing trust in ourselves, and things go down hill in a hurry.
So my challenge is this…get in the game. Figure out where God is working and join Him. Ask Him to stretch you so that you won’t rely on yourself but on Him alone. If your brothers are in the fight, go stand with them. Don’t just stay on the sidelines and watch. GET IN THE GAME!