2 Samuel 11:1, “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…”
We all have that one friend…no matter how many hours or days ahead that we call, make adjustments to our schedules, and prepare them for hanging out, they always find a way to be late. They will always be the one person who is late and causing the rest of the group delay. After several minutes, we have to call them and say, “Ey, where you at!?!”
In our scripture this month, we find the infamous account of King David. At this time in his life, David had gone through great adversity and had overcome many obstacles to become king. He was now at a place where his empire was vast, and he had become a man of great wealth and honor. He was known far and wide and had earned the respect of many of the nations around him. However, his country was presently at war, something he had grown accustomed to since he had fought and been victorious in so many battles. His army was mighty, highly trained and very well equipped. So he surmised within himself that there was really no need for him to attend to such a matter; after all, he was the king! So he sent his nephew Joab to go and take his place in the battle.
What an indictment to the King. This was a space where he has the ability to show why God had brought him to this position. From the time of a child, God himself had prepared David for moments like this one. To sit on the opportunity to live his destiny out loud was, at first, a slap in the face of God, and secondly, a blatant disrespect to the office for which he held. But David felt that he knew enough. He thought that this was one that he could sit out. Isn’t it funny how the battles we often want to sit on the sidelines with are the ones that have the most potency! David made a huge mistake. He was out of position. And there is only one thing to do when you are not operating in the purpose for which you were born: you look around.
David would have never met Bathsheba if he was in position. David would have never killed Uriah if he was in position. David’s family would have never been in turmoil if David was in position. And David had to own that. How many times have we been like David? How many times have we looked at the grass on the other side of the fence because we have not tended to our own? How many times have we abruptly made decisions out of position that detour destiny? In the same way we call out to our friends, I call out to the king inside of you! Ey, where you at! What are you doing, and why are you not in position!? Make sure that you are not at home when you should be out fighting; else you have to endure unnecessary strife. Every action has a reaction. Conversely, every apathetic brush off has an equal fall. Get in position!
Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.