In the world but not of it

October 2, 2010

Battleground or playground…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

But David remained at Jerusalem. Then it happened one evening…2 Samuel 11:1-2

“Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time men are made or marred”. W.T. Taylor

All of us face the danger that David experienced here. I don’t necessarily mean the actual sin itself but rather the road that eventually leads to a specific sin in our lives.

A.W. Tozer once said, “men think of the world not as a battleground but as a playground”…

It is precisely this train of thought that often dulls us and gets us off balance. Thinking of the Christian life continuously as a battleground can be tiring and weary. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. (Ephesians 6:12)

When did all this happen to David? When he “remained” – when he stayed back from the battle and took a break, a breather, a rest. This is not in reference to us physically resting or taking vacation but rather taking a break from our responsibilities.

As a king David was responsible to be out with his men in the battle. As a worker, as a person in ministry, as a spouse or as a parent we have responsibilities to be in certain places at certain times. As believers we have a responsibility to develop our relationship with the Lord.

When we opt to take a break from those duties it becomes a prime opportunity for the enemy to poke and probe us toward something else. Idle time can be dangerous and we are all too familiar with the quote “idle time is the devil’s playground”…

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