But David remained in Jerusalem

2 Sam 11:1
“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. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”

“But David remained in Jerusalem.”
That phrase jumped out at me as I read this passage from 2 Samuel. It was the custom in those times that the King of the land lead their warriors into battle. David himself had led his army into battle before – both during his kingship, and before, during Saul’s reign. He had been once been a mighty man a valor, and God had won many victories through him, with the people of God singing “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”(1 Sam. 18:7)

But David had become complacent. Instead of going out to battle as was the custom, and as was his duty, he sent Joab out in his place, and David remained in Jerusalem. We all know the story of David and Bathsheba; how David looking out saw a woman bathing on her roof, slept with and impregnated her, tried to cover his tracks by trying to pass the child off as her husband’s, and ultimately committed murder when his attempted cover up failed. (if you don’t, read it here in 2 Sam. 11)

David messed up big time. But David’s first mistake happened before he ever laid his eyes on Bathsheba. If David had been in the right place – that is, the battle field, at the right time, the opportunity would never have been afforded him. “ David remained in Jerusalem.”

There is a lesson here to us as well. We need to be where God would have us be, when he wants us there. David probably just didn’t feel like going to war. It would have been much more comfortable to just relax at home – let Joab handle it. But God has a reason for the commissions He gives us. Just because you “don’t feel like it” is no excuse. Not yielding to God’s plan for your life puts you in the position for Satan to have more of an influence on your life.

Don’t be like David. Don’t “remain in Jerusalem”, or whatever your comfort zone may be. If God sends, please go. Yield to God and don’t give the devil extra license over your life.


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