Late One Afternoon (II Samuel 10-12)

In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. II Samuel 11:1

I knew it was coming and honestly, I dreaded the moment when I would have to own up to the truth once again.  I did not want to even consider the fact that one of my spiritual hero’s had fallen into sin.

My hero’s story mirrors that of Adam.  You remember Adams story from Genesis 3?  Adam was greatly blessed by the Lord.  But one day, when Satan placed sin before his eyes, Adam wanted the sin and he took sin.  You know the rest of the story.

This was the same path my hero of the faith took.  One day he began to place his spiritual life In idol position.  He began to linger and to look toward the old nature that now was ignited once again in him.  The lust that was in him came rushing out and he committed a sin that lost people would have considered to be the character of a lost man.

Because of my hero’s sin, the rest of his life was altered.  Brothers and sisters, I ask, do you know my hero?  His name is King David.  The Bible records that he was a man after the very heart of God (I Sam. 13:14).

Each time when our reading plane comes to Second Samuel 11-12 I cringe because his story happens so often in our world today.  If there is one thing I am always called back to when I read David’s “late one afternoon,” it is this truth from I Corinthians 10:12

Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

How does one take heed?

  1.  He or she must heed the warning from God-sin does not only come at us at night.  Sin comes at us when we have a dark spot in our heart.  Sin loves to work under the darkness of a believer who has gotten out of fellowship with God.  We are to run to repentance so the light will again be in every part of our heart, I John 1:5-10.
  2. He or she must always engage in the warfare of faithOur Christian existence is not a pie in the sky cake walk.  It is a daily grind fought on the beaches of our hearts.  We must put on the armor of God each day, Ephesians 6:10-18.

Brothers and sisters, heed the warning today.  You can have victory in Jesus, I John 5:18-19.  David’s one afternoon does not have to be your story.  Yours can be the story of one who fights a good-fight and lays hold of eternal life (I Timothy 6:12).

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