I've had a strange little phrase going around in my head. It is a Scripture (not a very popular one at that!) that says "when kings went to war ... David stayed in Jerusalem (II Samuel 11:1)". The Scripture occurs right before David sinned with Bethsheba. The verse can mean, 'when David should have been protecting His Kingdom, training and exercizing his troops, doing what Kings do ... David decided to hang out'.
I ignored it the first week because I thought it was like a computer pop-up; not really helpful or related to anything. Just a random Scripture that got lodged in my psyche only to emerge at bizarrely unrelated times (I'm not at war these days) like when I'm killing a fly or wiping my shoes or weedwacking. Not that I would hesitate to sometimes define lawnwork as 'war'.
At any rate, I was thinking just the other day how I've been going through a particularly DRY spiritual time over the last few weeks and then the phrase again, "when kings went to war ...", and it seemed to make sense to me. The word to me was: be careful to still go to war ... pray, study, read, fast and stay fit. Protect and enlarge your territory. Because when people don't do what they supposed to do when it is that time, they fall.
Wow. That made a lot of sense to me and taught me not to ignore the little things going around my head.
Heb 6:11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.