I was thinking about David and Bathsheba yesterday. Specifically about what lead up to the whole roof top, baby, and murder incidents. There is something we can see that started this chain of events and something that also happens in your and mine. The phrase I am referring to is “but David remained in Jerusalem.” That one little phrase set of a chain of tragic events and devastating consequences.
If you do not know the story of these two then I recommend you read it. There is a lot to going from understanding the story and seeing God’s great love. But right now I want to focus on that phrase “but David remained in Jerusalem.” This phrase is so very important because it succinctly shows how the rest of David’s life was set on a path he would have never chosen nor wanted all because he remained in Jerusalem. You see David was supposed to be somewhere else, he had a place he was supposed to be but instead he was where he wasn’t supposed to be. I do not like to use phrases like always, or never, but in this case I am going to. If you remain where you are not supposed to be then you will always have some degree of trouble. God has appointed a place for you to be. Maybe it is locationally, emotionally, or spiritually, know this God has somewhere you are supposed to be, and if you are not there you will find trouble.
Let’s say like David, it is locational. He was supposed to be in 20 miles east of the Jordan in Rabbath but he wasn’t there. Instead he was in Jerusalem doing what he wanted to do. This caused him to see something he should not have seen, and since he was already not doing what God wanted what is one more thing. After all he thought “I am the King”. Sorry David wrong answer. You should have been where you belonged. I got into heaps of trouble as a kid because I skipped school. I was not in trouble for skipping school, it was the things that I was doing while I should have been in school that got me into the most trouble. I was not where I belonged.
Let’s say it is emotionally. You should have forgiven your father, brother, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, cop, pastor, or whatever. You should have let that burden go and moved on with your life, but you don’t. Instead you stew on it and let it fester. You think about it all the time. You start to get in a good mood and then let it bring you back down. How could they, how dare they, don’t they know, don’t they care. You list all the reasons over and over again until finally it completely consumes you. Guess what though…You don’t belong there. You have somewhere you are supposed to be. God has a place of perfect peace for you. You are in the emotional land of Strife, but God has intended for you to be in the land of Shalom. Shalom does not just mean peace, but peace, prosperity, completeness, and welfare. That is where God intends for you to be.
What do I mean by spiritually though. How can you be in the wrong place there? Maybe you are not spending time with God. Maybe you ignore him for whatever reason (usually something to do with the two above). God has a place that you belong, and it’s called Relationship. Perfect relationship actually. Christians usually call this fellowship , but that just means spending time with and enjoying company. God wants to spend time with you and wants you to enjoy time with Him. Jesus did everything He did so that this could happen. He wants you bad. If you’re not in the right place here you will continually look for a place to be and find more and more trouble.
The tricky part of all of this is sometimes we honestly do not know where we are supposed to be. I myself have struggled with this for years. I am starting to get there but it is hard. Spend time in prayer, ask God where you are supposed to be, and then go there. Once you know where you are supposed to be it all gets better. I am not saying you will never have trouble. Jesus says in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” Life can always be hard and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something. Take heart my friend Jesus has overcome and made a place for you.
Just a thought,