It was now spring, the time when kings go to war. David sent out the whole Israelite army under the command of Joab and his officers. They destroyed the Ammonite army and surrounded the capital city of Rabbah, but David stayed in Jerusalem.
(2 Samuel 11:1 CEV)
A colleague, who is a professional counsellor, once told me that what’s disappointing about many problems is that they could have been avoided. I couldn’t agree more. In today’s passage, King David neglected his duties of going to war and remained in Jerusalem, which led to his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband, Uriah, Absalom’s rebellion against his father, David, and eventually Absalom’s death. This could have all been avoided if only David had gone to war.
What problems are you facing today? Could they have been avoided? Maybe all you needed to do was to simply walk away or apologize. Whatever it is, I believe that it could have been avoided. Allow God to make things right and when He does, remember to trust Him to help you avoid other problems that can come your way.
Problems often happen because we’re not wise enough to avoid them.