A Warning for Every Believer
“In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.” (2 Samuel 11:1 NIV)
Like all of us, David was a sinner. He gave in to pressure and temptation more than once. One spring in particular, he stayed home instead of going out with his army, and he got himself into major trouble.
And that is a warning of something I have noticed over the years: It can be dangerous not to go where God sends you, or not to do what he has called you to do. This is true for everyone, not just pastors and missionaries. I have seen choir members sing faithfully and with great effect for a while… and then say, “I’m kind of tired; I think I’ll go on leave now. Later on, I’ll get involved in another ministry of the church.” Carol and I have often observed that, if they don’t go to the next place of service God planned for them, they eventually drift from the things of God altogether. Satan seizes that moment to reach in and distract them.
People who just hang around churches and “loiter” without getting active in the service God has called them to are in a very treacherous position. There is no difference of reward for preaching the gospel, as I have been called to do, or for serving faithfully as an usher or Christian education worker. If any of us pull back from our calling, we place ourselves at risk.
King David had too much time on his hands, and one night he couldn’t sleep. Nighttime brings it own dangers. If you don’t sleep well, my advice is that you had better start praising God quickly. Otherwise, worry, anxiety, and impure thoughts can easily creep in.
So during the night, David went out on his veranda and saw Bathsheba bathing. The woman was beautiful. He desired her—and being king, he could have anything and anyone he wanted. Everyone knows what happened next…
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read 2 Samuel 11:1—12:13 for the story of David and Bathsheba.