Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27 (additional reading: Psalm 119:49-64 and Proverbs 16:1-3)
Have you ever done something wrong and wondered, how did I end up here? You know what I mean. Life is great one day and then BANG your world is turned upside down. In our reading today we read that when the army was out fighting, David remained in his palace and it was here that the temptation took place.
People find it hard to understand that simply doing nothing is so dangerous to spiritual life and vitality — but it’s really only a reflection of our normal, daily experience. Relationships fall apart because we don’t work at them. A beautiful garden is quickly destroyed by neglect and a house crumbles around you if you don’t maintain it. Many people die prematurely, not through an accident, but simply by neglecting their health; ignoring the warning signs and not making the necessary adjustments.
As Solomon put it (Prov.24:33-34), “You sleep a little; you take a nap. You fold your hands and lie down to rest. Soon you will be as poor as if you had been robbed; you will have as little as if you had been held up.”
Here was David, a man with a heart for God, more successful than any Israelite king before him, anointed and filled with God’s Spirit, and yet he fell into temptation. Which I believe demonstrates that no matter how much we think we’ve got it all together, we must be careful. You might be sold out for God and a spirit filled born again Christian, yet we are still vulnerable to temptation and sin.
When we get complacent and start doing nothing, stop seeking God with our all our hearts, complacency leads to stagnation, and stagnation breeds corruption. I don’t believe that it is an accident of nature that standing water creates breeding grounds for bacteria’s. Friend, don’t become a stagnated Christian but seek God.
Has complacency sneaked into your life?
Father, Thank You that You gracious and forgive us when we mess up. Help us not to become complacent in our walk with You. Show us those areas that we need to guard and keep us from giving into temptation we pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen