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2 Samuel 11:1-5

-And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
-And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
-And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
-And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.
-And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.


If David had gone to battle with the kings as was his position, this sin wouldn’t have happened in this manner. His place was in the battle as King, not at home. David probably had a convincing reason of why he needed to be home. I’m sure it wasn’t so that he could be with Bathsheba, he didn’t know who she was. Besides the evedence of the sin, two things happened to David because he wasn’t in his place. 1. He provided an opportunity for the Devil to tempt him. 2. He caused a separation in his relationship with God, making it more difficult to stand against the temptation.

We need to be careful to always be in our place. God puts us where he wants us. He is faithful to guide, correct, encourage, nudge, and bring us to where he wants us. When we are in our place he can use us. If we fail to follow direction or to remain stagnat, we risk having a similar situation as David. We may not commit adultery, but we will provide an opening for temptation and we may not be strong enough to resist.

Remain in your place. Seek God and ask him to help you to be in the CENTER of his will. That way there is lots of room for his grace to be with you if you stumble.


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