No Coasting

In the spring when kings march out [to war], Joab led the army and destroyed the Ammonites’ land. He came to Rabbah and besieged it, but David remained in Jerusalem. Joab attacked Rabbah and demolished it. – 1 Chronicles 20:1

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An interesting thing happened after David received God’s affirmation of his blessed future. At a time when kings normally march out to war, the king of Israel remained in his palace … safe, secure, and comfortable.

It was a huge mistake. We have all heard the old proverb, “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop.” Well, it appears that idle thoughts and eyes can be as well. David’s decision to “kick back” became a practice and then a habit that led to a choice that almost destroyed his kingdom … twice. How could it have happened? King David took God’s eternal promise as a guaranteed victory, no longer requiring his personal effort or diligence. Like some within the Kingdom of Christ today, he sat on his blessed assurance thinking he could just coast to the finish line.

While the war with our spiritual enemy has been won, this life is full of challenges demanding our utmost attention … daily skirmishes within (and without) that require the soldier to remain alert (sword in hand). Tighten your grip. Sharpen the blade. Armor up. Those who try to “coast” will only find that the slide is ever downward and the daily defeats simply multiplying.

Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains. – William Penn

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