At Such A Time As This (Part 1)

Posted on August 30, 2021

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At Such A Time As This (Part 1)

by Pastor Afolabi Oladele

And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 2 Samuel 11:1-2

Our text today ought to bring sobriety to as many as consider themselves waiters upon of the prophetic utterances and promises of the Lord. A close look at the first two verses brings into view the result of missing out on appointed time. As indeed there are the appointed times of the Lord, so there are appointed times for the kings and priests chosen by God; and in this instance David knew this was the appointed time for kings to be in battle.

While we are not told the reason for David tarrying from going to battle, the lesson that screams from this text is that failure to align with and execute on the purpose of appointed times is an open door to self-indulgence and sin. Consider the prophetic utterance spoken by the Lord through Abigail – 1 Samuel 25:28 –  directly to this beloved king and you have to wonder whether David lapsed into forgetfulness regarding prophecies fulfilling already in his life. Or was the power of covetousness of another man’s beautiful wife so great upon him that he failed to see the act truncating his dynasty! But for the mercy of God!

Can we pause for a moment, each of us to answer this question: is there any time that we should disengage from the battles the Lord has called us to fight? Even with the instruction of the Lord to the disciples in Mark 6:31, resting a while was in a desert place, a place for no sightseeing but solitude to regain strength listening to the Lord. For you or for me, the object being coveted may be different and here is a specific call to each of us to stop in our ruinous track and return to purpose. For those who are the waiters upon of the prophetic warnings and promises of the Lord (Luke 21:25-36), do you recognise purpose for these times and are you living in them? It’s not time to be overtaken by any form of covetousness except if you do not want to escape the sure horrors appointed to follow. As the writer to the Jewish believers wrote in Hebrews 3:7-13 so is the warning being sounded so we are not rejected from the promised rest. Let’s not presume upon God’s mercy when we know we are empowered by His grace already. For us to fail cannot be due to ignorance, it will be counted as arrogance. Selah

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