FRIDAY, JULY 2
In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:1 (NLT2)
A paramedic was asked on a local Dallas TV talk-show program: “What was your most unusual and challenging 911 call?” “Recently,” the paramedic began, “we got a call from that big white church on 11th and Walnut. A frantic usher was very concerned that during their worship service an elderly man passed out in a pew and appeared to be dead. The usher could find no pulse and there was no noticeable breathing.” “What was so unusual and demanding about this particular call?” the interviewer asked. “Well,” the paramedic said, “we carried out four guys before we found the one who was dead.”
Unfortunately, our churches are filled with people who were once spiritually vibrant but now seem almost dead and ineffective. In 2 Samuel 11, King David “stayed behind.” Normally he would have gone to war with his men but complacency compelled him to stay behind. He felt no need to be with his men. He was pleased with his accomplishments and his comfortable surroundings. Most major battles had been won. This was a skirmish that Joab could handle. He saw no potential for danger by remaining behind. He was complacent.
Several warning flags should have entered his mind. Complacency led him to neglect his duty. He should have been with his men. Instead he allowed someone else to have that burden. His success had made him feel invincible. Pride was allowed to fester and convince him that God was with him in all of his endeavors. Unfortunately, the final years of David’s life weren’t nearly as powerful as the early years.
There are seasons of our faith when we can choose to “stay behind.” Maybe we feel like we just need a break. Those may be the times we should be most guarded and most engaged. Are you less engaged in the spiritual battle than you should be right now?
Thank God for helping you recognize warning signs when you begin to drift in the faith. Ask God to show you where He wants you engaged in this season.