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2 Samuel 11:1
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
At that time in history, spring was a good time for battle. Call it a sport if you will, but it appears that kings went out together, evidently to kill each other until the last king was standing. It was that time of year again, but the scripture says that David, the winningest king of his era, decided to send his associates instead and he stayed home.
David must have been bored with his job. He must have gotten up one morning and thought, “I’m tired of winning!” Seriously, you can read the chapters leading up to this infamous chapter 11 of the book of 2 Samuel, and all you see is the most perfect king who ever lived. It didn’t last forever. When he sent other men out to do what he was called of God to do, he set himself up for a disaster. When you’re bored, you look for something to spice life up. The enemy of our soul is always ready to provide an alternative. Bathsheba has nothing to do with it. This was ALL on the “Sovereign” King David. All hell broke loose in David’s family after this really bad choice on dad’s part. It is true that David, in time, recovered. It is true that Bathsheba’s other son, Solomon, became the wisest king in history, but after three thousand years you can almost hear the words echoing through the ages, “David! Please! Stay On The Job!”
Help me keep my hand on the wheel and help me not get distracted from the road you’ve called me to ahead. Help me “Stay On The Job.” Amen