Eyes over the Balcony rather than the Battle!

267127946_9dd5f0de812 Samuel 11:1-2 “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof (over the balcony) a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.”

2 Samuel 11 and 12 represent a significant shift in King David’s life. David’s actions out of these verses had far reaching consequences for him and the nation of Israel. It all began with a loss of focus.

David was a warrior and he was called to lead the nation in battle but instead he decided to stay home. Now we all need a rest sometimes but there’s a different between getting rest and getting distracted from fulfilling your calling. David’s eyes should have been over the battle field with his soldiers but instead they were over the balcony looking at Bathsheba’s body.

The more David looked, the more sinful desire filled his heart and the result was devastating for him, for Bathsheba, for Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) and for Israel. David sinned because he lost focus on what he was called to do.

It’s too easy in this world to lose focus on what we are called to do. Distractions are around every corner. The balcony represents anything that is a distraction to the call of God on our lives. Your balcony could be the criticism of others. Your balcony could be the pursuit of riches. Your balcony could be sexual desire. Your balcony could be comfort and security. Your balcony could be your body image. Whatever it is that takes your eyes off the battle and over the balcony is what can potentially destroy your life and ministry. David’s life was never the same after this event. 

Don’t fall into the same trap. Keep your eyes on the battle and get as far away from the balcony as you can. It’s not worth it. Consider the consequences and make a decision to never entertain the balcony ever again. When you stop doing what you were called to do, you are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy more than ever before. Learn from David and get your eyes off the balcony and onto the battle.

Lead the Change!

2 Responses to “Eyes over the Balcony rather than the Battle!”

  1. Great reflection Corey, I suspect that the enemy constantly attempts to distract our vision of spiritual battles that we need to be diligent about.
    Great to know that you will be back in the pulpit at Activate…..praying for you , Simone , Chelsea, Zack & Joshua.
    Keep trailblazing for Jesus’ glory!
    Mum x x

  2. Amen Sir. We are inundated with tempations everyday and all too many of us (leaders included) have fallen. Thanks for reminding us to stay away from the balcony so that we may stay pleasing unto the Father.

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