“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.”   II Samuel 11:1 

I have spring fever! I’ve got it bad!  The calendar says March 20 is the first day of spring, but we all know how     unreliable that is. Not to mention the fact that March in Michigan can produce some pretty crazy weather.  Sunshine and warm temperatures one day and a blizzard the next!  You have to be prepared for anything.

“In the spring of the year when kings go off to war,” David chose not to go.  He had a solid group of men that were devoted to him and skilled in warfare.  He had an army that had stood the test of time and battle.  And he  had a dedicated leader by the name of Joab.  However, David shirked his responsibilities and let down his guard, and II Samuel chapter eleven is the saddest chapter in David’s life.  If you continue reading the rest of the chapter you will see what I mean.  Avoiding responsibility, lacking in self-control, and disrespecting God and others is a recipe for destruction. By the grace of God David would repent and God would forgive him, but the consequences of sin sometimes must still run their course.  God would continue to use David, but there would always be the residual effects of David’s sins.

At the foot of Jesus’ cross the ground is level.  None of us is worthy of some special dispensation of grace.  We are  all subject to God’s mandate to pursue holiness, (see I Peter 1:16). As the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, we must be “prepared in season and out of season,” (II Timothy 4:2).    It doesn’t matter what “season” we find ourselves in, we are always ambassadors for Jesus Christ, (II Corinthians 5:20).

March in Michigan is unpredictable.  You can’t  depend on it. Don’t let that be said about us.  We are the Body of Christ, we represent Him every day, all through the day.  In the spring, the summer, the fall, and the winter we are always servants of Jesus Christ.

In His service,
Pastor Deane

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