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Wrong Place - Wrong Time:
2 Samuel 11
1. Now it came to pass in the spring of the year, 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 people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
The David spoken of in this verse was the King of Israel. He had become a mighty warrior and had successfully headed many armies as they went into battle.
During every spring preceding this one he had led his armies into the regular spring battles and had been victorious in establishing the borders of his kingdom for another year.
But this year was different. David decided to stay at home and send his trusted general Joab to head the army instead. By making this decision, David and his generals may have thought that they were preserving David's life from danger, but in fact, this decision put David in the greatest danger he had ever been in for his whole life.
There are different kinds of dangers in life. Because David knew the dangers of battle, he may have mistakenly thought that there was where the greatest danger lay. After all, he could lose his life there.
But by putting himself at the head of his army each spring, David was not putting his life at risk. He was in fact going to do the will of God.
The will of God for David each spring was to personally secure the borders of the nation. So in that case, David was really safer doing that, simply because that was God's will for him in the spring of each year.
By deciding to stay at home, David was putting himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and great trouble and ruin followed as a result.
The battle to be vigilant over every area of our lives is like David's wars each spring. We cannot pass that responsibility over to anyone else, because God has put us in charge of making our own war against temptations that seek to harass us.
When we opt out of this war against temptation, we put ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like David did.
Father, help me to be fully engaged in living my life for You. Help me not to opt out of responsibilities You have given me because they look dangerous or troublesome. Help me to participate fully in the fight against temptation in my life today,
in Jesus' name,
Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!