All it takes is one small step, one snap decision and then you are moments away from disaster. Since my husband and I live our lives out on the roads of the USA (and sometimes Canada) we see so much potential for disasters in the making. Take your eyes off of the road, grab your smart phone and type out one quick text message, and that could be all that it takes for you to endanger others and lose your own life. We see so many tired and distracted drivers out here on the highways, each and every day. It doesn’t matter what time of day, we see drivers that are so complacent that they’re texting while they are driving, or going down the road with their phone up to their ear talking away. And in each and every state we see warning signs telling people to use hands-free communication devices and to not text and drive.
The biggest mistake that King David ever made started with one small step. In 2 Samuel 11 we learn that David stayed home from war. Why? We are not sure, because the Bible doesn’t tell us so. As the leader of the nation, it was the King’s responsibility to lead the troops into battle. Perhaps since God has given victories to Israel through David’s leadership, David is now arrogant enough that he believes that whatever the army does they will be victorious, and he can lead the battle from the palace. Perhaps he’s getting old, soft, tired, and complacent. Perhaps he is following the lead that Saul took when Saul stayed away from battles. We really don’t know. But, with this small step of staying home, David has walked right into disaster and devastating consequences.
That one decision to stay home lead to the sin of adultery with Bathsheba, a most beautiful woman, who is the the daughter of one of David’s own mighty men, and the wife of another one of David’s mighty men. Later we discover that Bathsheba is pregnant as a result of this tryst. Since Bathsheba’s husband Uriah was away at war, it would be evident to others that this pregnancy is not a result of her marriage union – leading to the possibility that Bathsheba could be put to death for her part in the adultery. David then takes over, not consulting God again, brings Uriah home and attempts to cover up that sin by trying to manipulate Uriah’s to give into his natural urges to be with his wife. Uriah does not fall into David’s plan, so David must again take matters into his own hand. He uses Uriah to deliver Uriah’s own death orders to the captain. And, as a result Uriah is killed in battle. David is responsible for Uriah’s murder. The very same David that is touted as being a man after God’s own heart.
If David, a man after God’s own heart, can sin so mightily, by making one small mistake, then I must realize that I too can get myself into the same type of situation very easily. There have been times in my life where I did some pretty stupid things, and I think perhaps it’s because I had the mindset of thinking that what ever the consequences of that decision was, “it” couldn’t happen to me – that’s sheer stupidity or arrogance, for sure. All it takes is one snap decision, or one moment of letting my guard down and just like King David, I can be headed into disaster.
I think that’s why Jesus gave us the following words of caution: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16, ESV). Jesus knows the trials and temptations that we face, he wants us to be on guard each and every moment, to watch each and every step that we take. Jesus doesn’t want us to fail or fall. It doesn’t matter if we are wide-awake, tired, or just plain fed up, we are to “take every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b, ESV). Our Christian witness is that important, and our walk with Christ in His ways leads us to true happiness.
See God in the small stuff, and with each and every step, no matter how small, always look to His Word, Jesus’ example, and the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. Pray for God to open your eyes to the potential disasters in the making that will happen once you take your eyes off of Him.
Lord, I confess that while I look to you for all the big things in life, I often forget to seek out your direction in the small stuff, in those little steps that I take each and every day. May I seek you, and your will, first and foremost in each and every moment.