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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English

Don’t Get Careless After Victories

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King David was the greatest King of Israel! But, before that, he was not only a nobody in the kingdom, but the least in his own family. David was a shepherd in occupation, which was one of the menial jobs of his generation. But later, God not only exalted David above all his seven brothers, but he also favored him to be the successor of the first King of Israel, King Saul. 

King Saul’s desire was for his son Jonathan to succeed him as king; but God changed the entire ancestry by choosing David whom Jesus would come through his lineage. According to the Old Testament, David fought 8 to 9 major battles and never lost a battle. But, as we look at 2 Samuel 11:1, we find a sad commentary on King David becoming careless after so many victories. 

Verse 1 said: “…at the time when Kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel.” David stayed home and relaxed and slept in! But while awakening from taking a nap, David took a stroll from the balcony of his palace and saw a gorgeous woman bathing herself.  So, David sent one of his men to inquire who this woman was! 

The servant replied that her name was Bathsheba, and that she was a married woman, married to Uriah, a soldier fighting in the battle while David stayed home. But yet David sent Bathsheba to come to the palace and then he slept with her.  Later, David finds out she is expecting and tried to trick Uriah to come off the battlefield to sleep with his wife so he would think the child was his. 

When Uriah refused to sleep with his wife in respect for the Ark and the other soldiers that were on the open field fighting, David sent Uriah back to the battle and instructed Joab to have him killed. Remember, titles and positions do not give you the right to disobey God’s commandments! 

Verse 27 said: “And when the mourning was past (i.e. Bathsheba mourned for the loss of her husband), David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” You may think you’re getting by in your sins, but you’re not because you have displeased the Lord. 

Numbers 32:23b said: “…and be sure your sin will find you out.” Again, there was a pagan king by the name of Nebuchadnezzar, who was considered the greatest king of the Chaldean dynasty in Babylon. He conquered Syria and Palestine and made Babylon a powerful city. He destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem and initiated the Babylonian captivity of the Jewish population. God allowed this captivity because of Israel’s idolatry and disobedience.

Nebuchadnezzar later built a statute in his honor and demanded that everyone bow down to it. Later, he had a very disturbing dream that troubled him greatly. Daniel then interpreted the dream and said it was warning to Nebuchadnezzar to renounce his sins by doing what was right and stop his wickedness toward the poor and show kindness to them, so perhaps God would allow him to continue to prosper. (Daniel 4:27). 

But, one year later, Nebuchadnezzar while walking on the balcony of the royal palace of Babylon (remember this is how and where David fell) he said in v. 30: “…Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by my might of my power, and the honor of my majesty? While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.” 

Immediately, he was driven away from humanity and lived among the animals, eating grass like an ox. His hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird, for seven years. But, just as King David and King Nebuchadnezzar had been given the grace to be leaders in the kingdom and experience great fame, we should never forget where it came from and always stay humble! When you get careless you allow pride to slip in, and you start thinking your blessings came from your efforts, and you deserve to make yourself happy, even if it’s out of the will of God. 

But God was the Sovereign God before He used you, and He’ll still be the Sovereign God when He replaces you with someone better (ask King Saul). So, just because you have a few victories under your belt, don’t get careless and fail the greatest victory to have obeyed God, served Him in humility, and therefore, God is not pleased!

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