Complacency

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Regardless of who or where we are in life, we have the tendency to become complacent. A few months ago, while studying David and later Solomon, I noticed that these great Kings of the bible reached a certain point in their life and became complacent.

In the spring of the year, when kings normally go out to war, David sent Joab and the Israelite army to fight the Ammonites. They destroyed the Ammonite army and laid siege to the city of Rabbah. However, David stayed behind in Jerusalem. Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. (2Sa 11:1-2 NLT)

First, David got pretty happy with himself and sent someone else to lead the Army of YHWH. Further, he got rather lazy and was sleeping a lot more than he should have been. Had he been where he was supposed to be, or even a little less lazy, he wouldn’t have been on the roof top. No roof top, no Bathsheba.

You now the story about Solomon, with his view on Traditional marriage…But it wasn’t until he become old that these sins came into view –

In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the LORD his God, as his father, David, had been. (1Ki 11:4 NLT)

His errors finally caught up to him – finally.

Sometimes, we can become either complacent, or maybe we can hold off problems for so long, but in the end, during our weak moments…they will catch up to us. They will cause us problems.

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2 Replies to “Complacency”

  1. Great post!

    Indeed, no one is born a serial killer. It’s a downward spiral marked by compromise that will get you. We must strive to love God first–not because of a legalistic attitude, but out of genuine caritas. I like how Don Bosco put it: “Love God and then do what you will.” If love for God truly motivates everything–if we do not become complacent in that–everything else will fall into line!

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