Lessons from King David: In The Wrong Place at The Wrong Time

Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem.  2 Samuel 11:1

The story of David’s sin in 2 Samuel 11 when he commits adultery, conspires to lie and executes a murder shocks us as the account is about a man who was so strong in the faith and wrote such beautiful songs to God.  He committed adultery with Bathsheba, and when she became pregnant with his child, David tried to get her husband to come home from war and sleep with her to cover David’s sin.  Twice Uriah rebuffed the king, saying that he could not enjoy the pleasures of home when his comrades were fighting at war.  When this plan did not work, David had Uriah put at the front lines and ordered everyone to withdraw, making Uriah a sitting duck.

All this action got David into a lot of trouble, and it caused strife in his personal and professional life from which he would never recover.  It causes us to wonder how a man of God in such a high place of honor could fall so far.  Yet, there seems to be a key element that should act as a red flag for us in our lives.  David wasn’t where he should have been.

2 Samuel 11:1 tells us that at a time when kings were at the battlegrounds, David stayed home.  Much trouble can begin when we are in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like David.  If he had been at the battlegrounds, as was the custom in that day, this sin may have never occurred, and he would have been spared so much strife.

The same is true of us.  We much watch our step, and never be in a place where we can get in trouble.  We shouldn’t hang out in places where trouble can occur, such as bars or nightclubs.  We should not put ourselves in a place where our temptations may overcome our spirit, like in a darkened room with a significant other.  When on the internet, we must watch where our fingers take us when no one is looking.  This warning is true not only in the physical world, but in the spiritual world, also.  We should never be in a spiritual place where we can be enticed by the pleasures of sin, or be drawn away from the truth of God’s Word to looking to other places or mediums in search of spiritual truth.

How vital it is to be sure we are always in the right place at the right time!


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