David and Bathsheba (2)
The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.
Proverbs 26:13, 14
Read Proverbs 26:13-28
David wandered aimlessly about on the roof of his house. He had no business
being there. His duties at that moment were not within the walls of
Jerusalem but before the enemies’ walls at Rabbah. He should have been
with his army, encouraging them in their siege. Instead, he aimlessly walked
out on his rooftop balcony. He did not need to be bored; there was plenty of
work. The problem was that he did not feel like doing it.
When you have a personal relationship with the Lord you never need to feel
bored. The Lord will provide activities for you even if you are unemployed.
There is plenty of work to be done in God’s Kingdom—even more work than
many labourers could do. By this I am not referring to the jobs of professionals,
but the duties we have by living a Christian life in the place God has
given us. Just open your ears and your eyes!
You probably recognize David’s mood. Sometimes you feel lethargic, with
nothing to do. You just hang around on the couch, bike aimlessly around,
surf the internet, watch TV or hang out with some friends blabbing about
nothing. How boring! But at that very moment, you are making your heart
susceptible to whatever might cross your path. This is often not good. Just
consider the past. Nine times out of ten when you were delinquent it was
because you were bored.
David wandered around on the rooftop of his house. He laid himself open
for the attacks of Satan. He was predisposed to everything except the will
of God. At that moment, he had no desire for the Lord and His service. That
did not bode well.
Question: To be bored as a result of idleness is sinful. How can you break
through such monotony?
Psalter 382:1,3,5 (based on Psalm 139)
Lord, Thou hast searched me, and dost know, Wherever I rest, wherever I go;
Thou knowest all that I have planned, And all my ways are in Thy hand.
Where can I go apart from Thee, Or whither from Thy presence flee?
In Heaven? it is Thy dwelling fair; In death’s abode? lo, Thou art there.
If deepest darkness cover me, The darkness hideth not from Thee;
To Thee both night and day are bright, The darkness shineth as the light.