There are so many things that the Holy Spirit is saying to me about these passages, perhaps that’s why it’s been a week since I last posted. (For those of you who are playing along at home, I adjusted the reading schedule again.)
The very first verse in 2 Samuel just had me undone.
1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle…But David stayed at Jerusalem.
Kings go to battle in the spring. Why? Well, because it is the prime weather for marching and fighting. Summer wouldn’t be unbearable, but winter? Winter is out. If it’s too cold, they freeze, just ask George Washington.
It seems more than just a battle plan. The writer is getting across the idea that David just shouldn’t have been home. This wasn’t the season for it. He should have been elsewhere. What followed was really a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. At least, it’s what started the ball rolling.
Simple, I know. I’m sure we could sit and debate about it all. Bathsheba. David. Who’s fault was it? Why did it happen? Was this David’s design all along? Why did God let it happen? What about poor Uriah? What about the poor baby? Was David sorry enough?
Sometimes it really does come down to knowing what season you are in. I think David ignored the season. Maybe he thought that he had warred enough and it was time for a day off. Maybe he forgot what loosing felt like and sat back in Jerusalem to rest on his laurels. He let his guard down. He was lax in continuing the call on his life.
That’s when the trouble started.He wasn’t where he was supposed to be, he saw what he shouldn’t have seen and did what he shouldn’t have done. After these things, sin was running David’s life and killing Uriah just to hide his sin seemed like a good idea.
I’ve been there, Dave. I have. I’ve been on that slippery slope of bad choices that lead to pathetic, destructive actions.
The story, though tragic doesn’t end there. I wish we had a week to look at every nuisance of this story, but I’ve already spent an entire day and way more words than I intended to say on this passage.
I can say that the Lord wants you and I to choose life, to choose good things, to know where we are and to know where we are headed. He says it so many different ways though so many different people. One of my favorites is in Joshua 1:7:
“Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out the revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either to the left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going.”
I’m praying that you and I get where He wants us to go. 🙂