Archive for May, 2014

SAFER on the BATTLEFIELD

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Then it happened in the spring,

at the time when kings go out to battle,

that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel,

and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.

But DAVID STAYED AT JERUSALEM

2 Samuel 11:1 NASB

Life on the battlefield was rough… Living and sleeping out in the elements, sort of like camping – except with neighbors who’d like to kill you. 

Besides, David had seen his share of battlefields – not to mention the years he spent running from Saul, sleeping in caves, living in the wilderness, etc.  If ANYBODY deserved a break from the battlefield, it was King David, right? 

The very next verse (2 Samuel 11:2) begins what I believe is one of the saddest narratives in the whole Bible.  It’s the story of David’s sin regarding Bathsheba, Uriah, and an innocent baby, all of whom suffered because the king allowed himself the pleasures of the palace when he should have been enduring the hardships of the battlefield.  And in the end, David’s sin affected his family line, and Israel as a nation as well. 

In truth, the battlefield was the safest place for David to be, whereas the cost of “keeping himself safe” from the battle proved to be dreadfully high. 

“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it,

and whoever loses his life will preserve it.”

Luke 17:33 NKJ

Believers have the battlefield of faith set before us every day, because “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12 NLT).  Our spiritual foes (see Eph. 6:12) oppose anyone who loves and lives for Jesus – it is a collision of kingdoms, and the conflict is inevitable. 

You may be experiencing attack on family or friendships, on business or finances, on health or emotions – but the source is the same, and the warfare is real.  Good news: God’s Word shows us that some blessings only come through battle.  For instance:

  • Tests of our faith produce patience, maturity, and completeness in Christ (James 1:2-4).
  • Tribulations produce perseverance, proven character, and hope (Romans 5:3-5).
  • Trials help refine our faith, making it stronger, purer, and more glorifying to Jesus (1 Peter 1:6-8). 
  • Suffering for Jesus will one day lead to sharing in His very own glory (Romans 8:17-18, 2 Corinthians 4:17).  HALLELUJAH!!! 

My friends, one day every battle will cease… But in the meantime, when the Lord leaves you on the battlefield, remember how greatly He loves you.  The One who gave His Son to save you will never leave you stranded or alone in the fight.  He is with you now, tomorrow, and always.  And HE will make you more than a conqueror in all you face. 

So when we long for a vacation from the fight, let us remember King David lounging about on the palace rooftop in Jerusalem, enjoying a vacation while his brethren were enduring the battlefield.  And remember the terrible toll it took on his heart and his friendship with the Lord.  The Father knows that sometimes for us (like David):  the battlefield is the very safest place for us to be.   

I pray that the Lord encourages, strengthens, and revives your faith this week – that you find new grace to trust Him and fresh anointing to praise Him on whatever battlefield you find yourself. 

Much love to you in our glorious Savior,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2014