In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war … David stayed behind in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 11:1
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2 Samuel 9:1-11:27
David had a duty to fulfill. It was spring, and kings went out to battle, and it was expected that David would go out to battle as well. But instead, he sent Joab and the rest of his army out to fight the Ammonites. And that one decision caused a whole series of bad choices on David’s part.
Had he been on the battlefield, he wouldn’t have been on the roof. His wouldn’t have seen Bathsheba. He wouldn’t have called for her, and slept with her. She wouldn’t have gotten pregnant, which means David would never have hatched his despicable plot to kill Uriah, and that plot wouldn’t have been carried out.
We don’t know what great things God may want to accomplish through us, but we do know the small tasks He’s entrusted to us. We know who is depending on us, and what we must do on a daily basis to care for them. That sometimes means going when we’d rather stay; battling when we’d rather sleep in.
Those daily “have to’s” may seem dull and unexciting, but when you stand at the helm where God has placed you, you avoid all the unpleasant consequences that come with disobedience.