Bible Order: 1 Chronicles 24–26
Chronological Order: 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18
New Testament Only: Luke 22:63–23:17
Be Where You Are Supposed To Be!
Well, we all know this story don’t we. I remember back in the 90’s when President Clinton had perjured himself about his extra-marital affairs and there was talk of impeachment, his spin doctors came out to tell us that David had sinned with Bathsheba and yet he remained king. I’m amazed that people that are so ignorant of the Bible attempt to use the Bible to justify their bad behavior to those who actually read the thing.
There are consequences to this adultery committed by David. Not only will he lose his throne for a time, a civil war will break out where many of his sons will die. It will be one of his own sons that tosses David from his throne. Of course, all of that is to come as we progress in our reading. Today we simply see the initiation of trouble.
I remember hearing pastor Jim Cross say to the congregation on more than one occasion, if you are where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there, doing what you are supposed to do you will not find yourself in trouble. Okay, he says it better but that is the way I remember it and regardless of translation the essential truth remains. David should have been out leading his troops in battle. You know there was a season for war. There was a season for planting, a season for harvesting and a season for war. David was not where he was supposed to be. Why?
I am familiar with sin. I have stumbled many times. I hate it. To stop from stumbling I have to stop and look at what causes me to stumble. It all starts with an indecent, self-centered, fleshly thought. That thought leads to another thought and another. Eventually those thoughts lead me to take one action and then another. The further I go the more of a pull I feel until that pull is irresistible and even if my head cries out to stop my flesh has gained control and there is no going back until the vile deed is done.
The further we walk away from God the more difficult it is to return. We’ve lost control. So how do you keep from stumbling? If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ then He has given you the power to control your thoughts. He’s given you these thought muscles, but like any muscles they must be exercised to build them up. If you don’t build them up the alternative is they atrophy and fall away. There really isn’t any staying even. I’m reminded of the following scripture:
Romans 12:1-2 ESV
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind”. Brothers! You were dead in your sins! You were raised from the dead through the shed blood of Christ! You are a new man! The old is gone the new has taken its place! Your mind has been renewed! Now live that way!
I’m sorry for all the shouting but I think we forget whose we are. We are not our own. We were bought at a price. You are God’s property and he has given your mind and body into your care as His steward. Are you being a good steward? Are you making sure that His mind in you is getting its exercise? Are you keeping it away from places it shouldn’t be?
As long as you view your mind and body as yours you will wrongly believe that you can do what you want with it. When you realize that it is no longer yours; that you have a sacred trust to properly care and feed what is God’s you will find the will and the power to do what is right. The moment you start making decisions based on what you want and start making decisions based on what God wants is the moment that you grasp what God has already given you; freedom, power, certainty.
David was not in the right place. As I said in a previous post, he had an eye for the ladies. He had many wives and concubines. He added to his supply of women regularly and it was never enough. Why was he home when he should have been leading his men? My suspicion, and it is only that, is that David had seen Bathsheba before and that had spawned a sinful thought. That thought led to another and another until it led to a sinful act, adultery, which led to another, dishonesty, which led to another, murder.
David, a man after God’s own heart, was not where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to do, when he was supposed to do it. Sin hurts guys. It leads us further and further away from God which hurts in and of itself but it also leads to hurtful consequences that may never heal. If I can encourage you to do anything I pray it will be to be where you are supposed to be, doing what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it. Remember whose you are!
Have a blessed day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!
(Originally posted 4/9/10)