Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.09.17


September 17 – September 23 


Scripture Passage: ”And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah.  But David tarried still at Jerusalem.”     II Samuel 11:1   


Dear Friends,


     There is a part of the ocean near the equator that is known for abounding in calms, squalls, and light baffling winds.  It is said that sailors working on sail powered ships had to work hard to keep their sanity while in this area because of long periods of time of inactivity waiting for the winds to pick up enough to move on. This area is called the doldrums.  It is also a word describing a period of time in a person’s life marked by dullness, a state of listlessness and boredom.  I was reading an article the other day and this word stood out on the page and piqued my curiosity.  The more I read, the more I realized it describes the way I feel at times when the whirlwind of activity comes to a halt and I am left in a state of inactivity waiting for the next storm to arrive.  Needless to say, I would not do well lying on a beach, strumming my guitar, drinking ice-tea, watching the waves crash in – FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS!  They wouldn’t have to rescue me from a deserted island, I would be dead in a week from boredom.  

     The scripture text this week is a reminder to type A personality people of the dangers of idleness.  There is an old saying, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.”  I would like to add my own saying, “Idle minds put good people on the devil’s playground.”  The problem with me is that I do not know how to rest.  People often tell me, “Why don’t you just get away for a while and rest?”  The problem is that when I do, I am thinking the whole time of the things I could/should be doing.  My mind NEVER shuts down for time out.  Even when I leave for times of rest and relaxation, I make visits at the hospital on my way out, and often on my way back in. My cell phone lights up with text and phone calls of pressing family emergencies that require immediate attention.  If I can’t get there, I have to make phone calls to members of my staff to see if they can cover for me.  (By the way, each person’s definition of what an emergency is looks different.)  If I go home to get away, I have to make visits going in and visits coming out to keep family and friends from feeling hurt and neglected by me.  I think David was in such a state of mind when the events from this story takes place.  I can see David stressed and worn out by the responsibilities of leadership.  When a person reaches that point of frustration, they will shut down and withdraw in an attempt at self-preservation.  The results are often devastating.  

    This scripture tells us it was the time of year that kings went out to do battle.  Instead of going himself, David sent Joab and the other servants out to take care of what he was supposed to be doing and he stayed behind in Jerusalem.  It did not take long for this man of constant activity to become bored and venture out in search of something to do.  I personally do not think David came upon Bathsheba taking a bath by accident. There would have been places used for public bath and as I learned in Haiti, the yard was used as a place for a bath, not inside the house.  David knew the routines of his people and would have been aware of the time of day women undressed for bathing.  He just happened to be on the right roof, at the right time of day, to see this beautiful naked woman. (Sure he did)  His time of doldrums led to events that changed his life forever.  It cost Uriah his life, Bathsheba her dignity, and David his integrity.  It also cost an innocent son his life.  So the next time you get a little bored, stay off the computer, put up your cell phone and its texting enticements, and avoid compromising situations.  Find something to do with those you love and unwind while the winds of activity are at a standstill.  It may be that God has stopped everything for just that purpose. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny