When Kings Normally Go to War

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2 Samuel 11:1 In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war…David stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Pastor and Author Timothy Keller once shared a story of a man who was spending life in prison for killing a child in a hit and run accident. While in prison, a reporter asked the man why he had fled the scene. He responded by saying that when he was four years old, he accidentally broke his father’s watch. Yet he was afraid of the consequences so he hid the offense from his father. This was the beginning of a lifetime of hiding his wrongdoings, even minor ones. After hitting a child on his way home, he made the decision that had become common for him. “I left the scene to try to hide the fact that I did it.” 

This story serves as a reminder that when we fail to do something we know we should, it can lead to additional unwise and unhealthy decisions that can ultimately spiral. 

The account of David and Bathsheba is a great biblical example of seeing this principle in action. David made a very poor decision by not going to war. In a short period of time, what seemed like one poor decision led to many more, including taking advantage of a woman, and murder.


     2 SAMUEL 11:1-27 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: Can you think of a time in your own life where one poor decision led to many more? What was the ultimate outcome? What lesson(s) did you learn from that experience?

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Today, take a little extra time to be with God. Remember, what you do for God comes from your being with God. 

Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, if I dig deep into my past I would lose count of how many times I made one poor decision which led to many more. Today, help me to remember that the more time I spend with You, the more prepared I’ll be to reflect Your nature and character onto the world around me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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