So, today in worship, one of our pastors shared about King David and his affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). Bathsheba was bathing on her roof, and David noticed her beauty. (I’ve always wondered… if she were showering, would her name be Showersheba?) With lust in his heart, David ended up with a child from the encounter. The pastor remarked that David should have been in battle instead of lounging around the palace. If David had been where he was supposed to be, he wouldn’t have made this huge mistake that caused turmoil throughout his family.
This got me to wondering…. How many of us find ourselves in places that we shouldn’t be? And how do we know we shouldn’t be there? Is it common sense that tells us that the situation we’re in will cause us pain, or is it something (or someone) else? Or both? I certainly believe that our Creator places common sense in our abilities so that we can avoid harmful situations. But today’s culture sheds a very different light on what’s “harmful.” In David’s time, a child outside of wedlock was seen as harmful. To some in today’s secular standards, they’d say otherwise. How do we really know if we’re in a place that is wrong for us when standards are so widely varied?
When Jesus left earth to return to the Father, He promised to send us another Counselor. The Holy Spirit counsels us when we ask Him. He will never lead us sideways or into a harmful situation. This, my friend, is the only way that we know for sure if we’re treading in areas that can cause us harm. But the world won’t know Him unless they recognize that He is God and invite Him in (John 14:16-17).
When you find yourself in a pickle, stop and ask Holy Spirit what to do. He’ll always lead you to a place where you’re supposed to be and will protect you from yourself. Mark my words.