There Are Some Things You Must Do Yourself!

There are some things you must do yourself!

II Samuel 11:1 “And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and all his servants with him, and all Israel…”

The LORD clearly wants us to know that

this was a time David the king was to go to battle. Yet, we find him sending Joab in his place. Joab was competent for the task but David was responsible. This was a job that should not have been delegated.

This neglect of duty would lead to behavior compared to the heathen kings of the day. David would commit adultery, cover it up with murder, and then marry the widow. He would do this with apparently no shame but the all-seeing eyes of God were watching and God would be displeased. This sinful act of David’s was sown in a brief period of time, but it would bring forth a harvest of shame and pain, lasting nearly the rest of David’s life.

What was the catalyst of this tragedy? What led to this disgraceful behavior? David was a man after God’s own heart, how could he do such a thing?

We must remember that

every day we awake with a sin nature (even as believers) that must be restrained by God’s grace! Yesterday’s devotion to God will not deliver us from today’s temptation. As the song goes “I need thee every hour, stay thou nearby, temptations lose their power, when thou art nigh”. Our Lord encouraged us to daily seek him in prayer by asking the Father to, Give us this day our daily bread…and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil…

Matthew 6:11-13.

David sent Joab to fight a battle he was supposed to fight. You can’t rely on someone else to do your Bible reading, unless you are blind! You can’t rely on someone else to do your praying! You can’t rely on someone else to go to church for you! You can’t rely on someone else to walk with God for you! Your relationship to God depends on your daily devotion to him! Your biggest battle may be your daily walk with God,  but this is how we put our spiritual armor on- Ephesians 6:10-18. It was when David neglected his armor the tempter took advantage of him!

Take time to read II Samuel 11