We are going through a book study in our Tuesday morning men's group. The book is called "How God Makes Men", by Patrick Morely, the author of "The Man in the Mirror."
The chapter we covered this week, was about the story of King David. One of the things that stuck out to me in this chapter, came from this biblical account Morely presented from 2 Samuel 11: "In the spring when kings march out to war,
David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the
Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem." (2 Samuel 11:1)
Here is what Morely pointed out:
"In the spring when kings march out to war, (What was David? A king)
"but David remained in Jerusalem." (Where was King David?, not going off to war like kings do in the spring, "David remained in Jerusalem.")
Morely then goes on to say this, "Here's a great problem: If you are where you shouldn't be, you will be tempted to do what you shouldn't do."
If King David would have just been where he should have been.... "In the spring when kings march out to war", like other kings....he doesn't fall to temptation, lust after Bathsheba, commit adultery and then commit murder, to cover up his sins.
This is a great lesson that can be taught to your children, teenagers, young adults, and anyone of any age including yourself.
Be pro-active, rather than re-active.
Don't to put yourself in places or with people that make it easier for Satan to attack you with temptations. Don't be where you shouldn't be, so that you don't do what you shouldn't be doing.
This doesn't mean you still won't be tempted......but we don't have to fall into his traps.
3 For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, 4 since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5