Get Off The Roof
[ Preached by Pastor Kenneth Chin at Acts Church Malaysia on 4 February 2018 ]
Based on the story of King David, we will see what happens when we are found in the wrong place or doing the wrong thing.
Read | 2 Samuel 11:1-4
When the kings went off to war, David sent his men out and remained in Jerusalem. Why did he not go out and do what he should have been doing?
There could be three possible reasons for this:
a) Perhaps he felt that he deserved a break, or
b) Maybe he was burnt out and needed to be refreshed, or
c) The likeliest reason could be that David was just bored.
To many, boredom is a luxury.
It means that one has tasted success and now has nothing to do.
When we are bored, we often find ourselves doing what we should not be doing, or being where we should not be, and seeing things we should not be seeing.
David got up from bed in the evening when most would be preparing to go to bed. This also meant that he was in bed during the day when he should not have been. He then went walking on the roof of the palace, which he probably knew he should not have, and there he beheld Bathsheba.
After this, David was tempted to do something he should not have done – one of the biggest downfalls in the life of David.
Have we, in our boredom, been walking on “the roof” and caught sight of something that seems too good to miss? Will we then pursue this thing instead of pursuing the Lord and what He has in store for us?
Things look great from the roof but remember that our blessings do not come from the roof. Let us not try to gain everything that we think is great from the roof and lose everything from God.
So how do we overcome boredom?
1. By living in agreement with our calling
When we do what God has called us to, we will not be caught in the wrong place doing the wrong things.
2. By living in alignment with our priorities
When we live by priorities, we will not have time to be bored and led to sin.
3. By living in accordance with the Word of God
When we live according to the Word of God, our actions will align with God’s desires for us.
Let us not get caught up with the splendours of this world that we see from the roof.
Do not commit yourselves to things that you should not be doing or to places we should not be in the first place. This is how we will be free to live out the life that God has for us.
Be faithful with what God has called you to here and now, for He knows the plans He has for your life.
Written by Writer’s Ink
Edited by Ivy Wambaa & Hailey Chung