2013-08-05 - What Would Uriah Say?
When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven't you just come from a distance? Why didn't you go home?" (2 Samuel 11:10)
King David sent for me and asked how the army was getting along and how the war was progressing. He suggested I go home and relax. Why was I getting special treatment? I couldn't enjoy the comforts of home, knowing the other troops were risking their lives in an open field. Hopefully my wife Bathsheba will understand that it wasn't a reflection against her. It would not be fair for me to go home, not even for one night.
Besides, I will have plenty of time with my wife, when this war is over and I am back home for good. I wanted to spend time with Bathsheba naturally, but I had to honor the army of men I worked with. It was my duty for our country.
I stayed with the other servants outside the palace gates. King David did not understand why I disobeyed his command. I didn't mean to not respect his wishes; I had to think of the troops waiting for me. I wouldn't be able to live with myself, if I took advantage of the king's hospitality.
Lord, Help me to know what is right. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.