The bible speaks highly of King David, so highly, that he is known as a man after God’s own heart. Yet, how many actually know what that means? The word heart is used over 800 times in the bible and most of the time it is not referring to the physical heart. So what does it stand for? The word “heart” comes from the Greek word kardia which means; mind, character, will and intention. Basically, David had the mind, will, characteristics, and intention of God. However, even a man such as David let comfort dominate his life and the consequences of his sin, not only affected him but, affected those around him. Now I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, know the story of David and Bathsheba, however; there’s certain terminology I want to cover to show you exactly what comfort does, to even a King. Now I want us to start off by just reading the first two verses in 2 Samuel 11,
“1 In the spring when kings march out to war, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah, but David remained in Jerusalem.2 One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. From the roof, he saw a woman bathing—a very beautiful woman.
These first verses explain the danger of comfort, how? In a time of war, Kings would always accompany their soldiers to the battlefield, however as you can read, David decided not to go, instead, he sent Joab. Next sign of comfort, the verse says, “One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace.” He woke up and stayed in his bed until it was evening, which can be around 6 o’clock. So David had spent all day in his bedroom. I want you to notice something before he saw this woman he was strolling around his roof. This was his timeline, David woke up, stayed in bed, got out of bed around evening, and began to just walk around. Now, the bible does not make it clear on what he did exactly. Yet, I can conclude that he did not pray, and he did not read his bible. Why? Because he gave in to comfort. What a comfort right?
So, what’s the point?
Well, David ends up seeing this beautiful woman, he desires her, so, as a king, he called for her and she came and he slept with her. However, there’s something important hidden in these verses that I want you to see, “This is Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 David sent messengers to get her, and when she came to him, he slept with her.” Who exactly was Uriah the Hittite? Who has ever heard of David’s Mighty Men? Let’s read 1 Chronicles 11:10-11,
“10 Now these are the chiefs of David’s mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel. 11 This is an account of David’s mighty men: Jashobeam, a Hachmonite, was chief of the three.[a] He wielded his spear against 300 whom he killed at one time.”
THESE MEN HELPED DAVID BECOME KING!!!!!! So, why is this important??? Well in verse 41, “41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai” King David had taken the wife of one of his Might Men. How many times have we affected those close to us because of our sin? How many of us have found ourselves “wondering” instead of having direction from God? How many of us find ourselves not praying as much, not reading as much and as soon as we realize what we are doing, it is too late and we end up falling? Comfort is dangerous to a Christian. We should always push ourselves out of the comfort and go into the uncomfortable. Life is too easy in the comfort zone.
See a lot of times we as Christians get too comfortable. Comfortable in our homes, in our church, and in our style of living that everything becomes second nature for us. Instead of reading the bible because we want to, we do it because we have to and because it’s part of our schedule. It is important that when you feel yourself not praying enough, not fasting enough and not reading your bible enough, you kneel down and ask God to help you get out of your comfort zone.
Here’s something that caught my attention,
“It wasn’t Job that fell after he lost everything, but Adam that fell in the comfort of paradise. It wasn’t in the decades when Noah was building the ark that he got drunk and pranced around naked, but when he had the idle time of celebration short after the flood. Israel didn’t worship idols when they were receiving whips to their backs in Egypt, but when they had their freedom. Jesus didn’t say that poor people hardly enter the kingdom, but that the rich hardly do. It wasn’t the Pharisees with their bags of money that impressed our Lord with their giving, but the widow with a single mite.”