The result was that David descended to the point of being “unstable.” The first sign of his instability shows up in 2 Samuel 11:1 where we read, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. … But David remained in Jerusalem.”
David felt that he had done his work and now it was time to relax. In other words, God said “go,” and David said “no.” What followed was that David started down the road of instability, which led to his sin with Bathsheba, his murder of Uriah, his judgment by Nathan the prophet, the death of his son, the decline of his position as king and the resulting instability of his family.
David never fully recovered from his sin. He felt the full impact of all he had done. However, God brought David to a point of confession and repentance of his sin.
When a building becomes “unstable,” there are only two choices: 1) tear it down; or 2) repair the foundation. That’s a good picture of what Jesus does in our lives when we sin. If we will confess and repent, Jesus will restore His place in our lives. If not, His only choice is to tear us down because we have rendered ourselves useless.
What about you? Without Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are unstable concerning the most important things in life. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, and you have given up on His purpose and mission for you, you are still rendered unstable. Perhaps you need to dedicate yourself to Him once again.
Let me not be negligent in assuming you are the type of Christian that is on mission for Jesus. I encourage you to stick to your mission and never give up. May God richly bless you!
Tommy Pophin is the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church. You are invited to join him and the congregation on Sunday Mornings at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School and 11 a.m. for worship. The church is located at 350 Beulah Lane at Fox Road in Millsap.