Why did King David’s newborn son meet his untimely demise? It could be because he was the son of an adulterous relationship. It could be because David had his lover’s husband killed. It could be because David stepped on the roof and lusted after a married woman. Or the ROOT cause could be that David was out of place. The King should have been out to battle but instead he was home taking a nap. He abandoned his place as a warrior and defender. He became at ease. He was in the flesh, his mind was carnal, his nature was calling, and the devil catered to his urges.
God forbid that a child has to suffer for the parent’s sin but this is what happened. Anytime we move out of place in the Lord, we put our home in danger. Our marriages sometimes are suffering because one or both spouses are in rebellion. Family relationships suffer and finances suffer many times when we move out of that set place. David was king. He had a seat to occupy. He had a work to do. He had a great assignment on his life yet when the Lord required him to stand in the day of battle, he pulled back and rested. He napped. He enjoyed the luxuries his wealth and prosperity offered and he slipped into a spiritual coma. By the time the enemy was through with him and when he came to his senses, he was found to be a murderer, conspirator, and adulterer. The one who was a worshiper was now a murderer. Why? Because he was out of place when God needed him and the enemy had legal right to touch his life.
Saints, God hates a lukewarm man. Either you are in or you are out. There is no shaded gray place where you can straddle safely. David became lukewarm and people lost their lives in the process. How many souls are perishing because of your lukewarmness?
If David reported to battle like he was supposed to, there would not be a dead son. There would not be a dead husband. There would not be an adulterous woman and God would have never sent Nathan to deal with David’s sin. Being in the right place at the right time is safe. Being outside of God’s will is always dangerous ground and if the person does not return to the Lord before the enemy catches wind of the breach, there is bound to be a casualty of some sort. Just as flies love to feed on flesh, when we walk after the flesh, demons are attracted to our lives.
Thank God David repented and returned to the Lord. God forgave Bathsheba too and gave them ‘peace’, namely Solomon but look at what it cost them. You don’t want to pay that price nor do you want anyone you love to suffer because of you. Get your life right with the Lord. Return while He is drawing you and let Him wash the guilty stain of sin away in the blood of Jesus.