Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1

Those of you who are familiar with this passage know what David does when he tarries at Jerusalem. David found a time that he should have been busy, but was not. He would that day, commit adultery and later, murder someone to cover it up. These sins put a blotch on his life that everyone notices.

However, I want you to notice that David did not have a pattern of sin in his life, but rather sin was the exception in his life. So, how did such a great man commit such a horrible sin? It all started with idleness. There was empty space in his time. Sin always tries to fill an empty space. If you have a moment of time that you are not busy, that is when temptation is to be expected. If you stay busy for God, it will limit to an extent the temptation.

If David was fighting a battle, and the same temptation arose, He probably would have been too busy to even consider it because his life and his army’s life would be in threat. If you have a deadline to meet, then the temptation to use a sick day when you’re not sick is not strong at all. If you are too busy serving God, then you are too busy to sin. If you have a hole in your schedule, that isn’t for your necessary rest, see how you can fill that hole serving God or reading His Word.

Every pastor would agree that the people who cause the most problems in a church are the ones who never do anything. When you ask God to lead you not into temptation, He will more than likely do that by keeping you busy for God. Don’t be idle; fill the hole.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.