It happened, at the return of the year, at the time when kings go out, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1
During the time of David, there was a season for war each year where kings would lead their troops into the battlefield. It was the pride of a king to win the battle as he would parade his battle spoils and garner support from his people. His ability to win was what gave his rule legitimacy.
David was supposed to have gone out for battle with his men. But he chose to stay at home. And back home, he ended up fighting a battle and losing it flat. You know the story of him and Bathsheba. The battles that he had to fight as a king did not stop just because he decided not to go into the physical battlefield.
And the key to fighting and winning your battles in life is to be found in the ones that you are meant and called to fight. If you abdicate that responsibility, you will find yourself fighting another battle which may be something that you are not meant to be fighting. And the consequence of that is likely to be a defeat instead of a victory.
In our lives the battles that we have to fight are finite, because life on earth is finite. We understand from Scripture that our days are numbered and hence our battles too, are numbered. Yet in the universe of battles that we get to fight, we cannot ignore or run from the ones that we are called and meant to fight. When we do so, we will find ourselves in another, of which its consequence is likely to be negative.
Let’s take this time to reflect on our battle choices and their consequences. What battles are you called to fight?