“In the Spring, at the time when kings go off to war” It’s a phrase that gets repeated in my head more times during a day than I can count for months on end (perhaps thanks to a certain well-known wind composer, but ultimately because God put it there). So it’s time to talk about what it means to me. This was the time that David got into all of his trouble with Bathsheba. I’m sure it wasn’t a sin for him to take the season off (though it probably wasn’t leadership, par excellence). Rather, by not putting himself where he belonged, David found himself surrounded by temptation and then did some pretty heinous things, right?
There was a discipline required for a king to get up off his arse and lead an army into war. If he was a good king, he would be in shape and on the front line risking his life. It’s no revelation, but a reminder that for us to avoid sin, there is a proper place for brothers and sisters in Christ to belong and things we need to do.
We need to be around believers. If David had been in battle, he would’ve been accountable to all the soldiers he was with and that’s how it is for us when we are engaged in the body of Christ on earth, the Church. I say engaged… I can’t really find a word to describe the kind of active brotherhood makes men and ladies feel such devotion that to fail as an individual is to let down the whole team. I’d guess those that have served in the military know it better than the rest of us. Regardless, this should be our relationship to the church — not simply that is is a place to have godly friends, or learn, or follow, or serve. This is what Paul means when he talks about the Body. There is an interdependence of its members. *sigh* I need to remember this more often.
Furthermore, for us to be where we belong, there is discipline involved. The most basic of spiritual disciplines is reading the Bible and it’s been my focus recently thanks to an article a friend posted recently on fb (ignore the plugs for Biblica written in there). The writer speaks of 3 ways that we do it wrong and was struck by the third. This is my blog so I get to pick and choose what’s important and today it’s reading the Word in community. Personally, I read most consistently when I know that I’ll be looking at several chapters in a group. I don’t want to be the one that’s looking at stuff for the first time when we sit down to talk about it. For me, Sunday school often fills this role in my life of a place to read together. For you, a great idea would be to have a reading group that reads through the Bible together. Either way I hope you’ll consider where this is happening in your life and whether you might need to step it up. Think about all the disciplines this way.
When David made fell so hard with Uriah and Bathsheba it was because he was not where he belonged. For me, this means asking daily, “Where do I belong?” and “Am I there?” What will be written after “On July 8, 2013, at the time when Aaron should be studying the Word of God…”?
Blessings and Shalom,