Read it!: II Samuel 11
In the spring at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbath. But David remained in Jerusalem.
Think it through:
II Samuel 11 is one sad, sad chapter. David makes mistake after mistake, and they’re big ones: adultery, manipulation, and murder. I read this chapter looking for David’s heart for God, and I couldn’t see it. The last verse says that though David got what he wanted (married to a widowed Bathsheba), God was displeased with his actions. This has to be a gross understatement!
What caught my attention wasn’t the last verse, however, it was the first. In a time when kings go off to war, David stayed home…and got into trouble. Why did David stay home, sending out Joab instead? We can’t know. Was he, as I suspect, feeling bored and restless when he got out of bed and wandered the roof?
I try to set aside a time each week to refresh my spirit by doing something that’s restful for me. Reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, and more—I love it. I love it so much that I’ll frequently try to squeeze in a little more “me time” here and there. But when I spend extra time on the “fun” things I really want to do instead of focusing on my responsibilities, I feel that restless feeling myself. I’m wandering the roof, looking for satisfaction in the wrong place.
I can’t really settle down and enjoy an hour of scrapbooking, or relax and enjoy an episode of Downton Abbey, or click around Pinterest, when the kids want my attention or the house is falling into disrepair. My heart isn’t peaceful when I’m not doing my best for the Lord.
Rather than wandering the roof, I should head off to battle and feel the peace that comes from doing my best for Him.
Live it like you mean it:
What are your time wasters, the activities in which you look for pleasure and satisfaction? Do you gravitate toward those things instead of doing your work for your family or your job? Decide right now that you’re going to dedicate an hour or two a week to those pursuits, a time to refresh your spirit. Schedule it on your calendar for the next month. Then commit to eschewing those things the rest of the time. (Yes, this could mean that you’re only going to check Facebook once a week this month!)
For me, this means that I’ll be scrapbooking on Sunday afternoons only this month. Usually I try to set aside two hours on Wednesdays, but I know need to dedicate that to Book 2. And to keep myself a bit more offline, I’m writing a little reminder on a tented notecard by my planner: “Don’t wander the roof!”
Lift it up:
Jesus, I want to do my best for You and spend my time doing exactly what You’d like for me to do. During times of rest, please give me peace and rest in You. When I go too far and start wandering the roof, bring my heart back to You and give me new energy for my tasks. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Tell Me About It:
What are your “wandering the roof” temptations—and how do you stop? I’d love your ideas!
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