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But David Tarried Still

2 Samuel 11:1-2, “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”

This is a very familiar passage of where David commits adultery with Bathsheba. There are many lessons that we can learn from this, but there is one that I would like to focus on. We find it verse one where it says, “…at the time when Kong’s go forth to battle…but David tarried still at Jerusalem.”

David was not where he needed to be in his life. He was supposed to be out to battle with his soldiers, but he decided that he was just going to sit this one out. The Bible said that David was walking on the roof of his house. Now, there are many thoughts as to what he was doing up there, but it is all speculation because the Bible does not state specifically. However, I do not believe that David went up there with the intention of committing adultery. As we know, that is what happened.

The Christian life is a battle. There are many times in the Christian life that we get weary and want to just “sit out” a battle or two. We don’t feel the need to always be fighting. It may not seem like a big deal like it probably didn’t for David. However, I Corinthians 10:12 states, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” It just takes a moment or two of dropping our guard and not doing what we are supposed to do to completely change our lives and those around us. This decision did not just affect David. He ended up having Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, killed and as a result, David and Bathsheba’s first child died.

As a counselor for junior campers several years back, I still remember what one of the 3 rules was. The director instructed everyone to be where you’re supposed to be and do what you’re supposed to do. After all this time, that has still stuck with me. It was really that simple for David. I do not believe he would have committed adultery with Bathsheba had he been at war fighting the battles. If we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to do, and fighting our spiritual battles, it will save us and those close to us from much heartache. Will you be like David and tarry still or will you keep your guard up and fight your battles?

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