When Kings Go Off to War…
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…but David remained in Jerusalem.” II Samuel 11:1
It was spring, the time when kings go off to war. But King David chose instead to hang back at his palace, sit this one out. Scripture allows room for me to draw my own conclusion at to why he didn’t join his men.
Was he overly confident in their ability to fight successfully without him that adding his muscle to the mix wasn’t necessary?
Was he tired of battling against his enemies?
Was he just…tired? I mean, war had to be exhausting.
The point is, David wasn’t where he was supposed to be. To be precise, the guy wasn’t at war.
No. … David remained in Jerusalem.
I, for one, hate war whether it’s the one that rages inside the battlefield of my brain and creates tension between a ‘right versus wrong’ decision or the one that continues, seemingly without end, on battlefields everywhere ~ from formerly peaceful neighborhoods, to government buildings, to war-torn middle eastern countries.
But as a proclaimed follower of Jesus Christ, I am called to war. And fight I must, regardless of the season, wielding my weapon with a spiritual tenacity
Of course, I’ve certainly had plenty of King David moments when I’ve laid down my weapon and ushered other folks out to face the conflict, then propped my feet up somewhere within the expansive grounds of my princess castle.
Zzzzzzz (followed by a lazy yawn to effectively smother the distant sounds of war).
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful…II Samuel 11:2
And so it goes, TeMpTaTiOn was roused. Because at the time when kings go off to war, King David walked around on the roof of his palace, apparently leaving his weapon elsewhere and letting his eyes direct the course of his steps.
But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15
At some point during the unexpected tugging away from right decisions, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain feet firmly planted, sword in hand, when being dragged away and enticed. Even if wearing a brand new pair of Nikes.
King Jesus calls me to war daily. Daily. Not just in the spring.
So where will Jesus, the King of kings, find me when the time comes for kings to go off to war and He calls me to join rank? Will I take my stand on the battlefield, refusing surrender to TeMpTaTiOn? Or will I be walking around on the roof?
And when kings go off to war, where will you be?