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 KJV)
“Don’t you have somewhere to be right now?” is a question we have all heard at some point. The person asking, usually a parent, teacher, or spouse depending on your age, typically is not asking for their own benefit, and they usually know the answer already.
If there had been a higher authority than King David in Israel, then perhaps someone would have posed this question to him as he stood in the comfort and safety of his home. He was supposed to be off to war. But he was in the wrong place at just the right time to make a huge mistake. In due time, David committed adultery with Uriah’s wife.
Big trouble happens when we aren’t where we should be. It becomes easy to lose track of important priorities when we aren’t attending to our duties. Plenty of people mess up and blame some sort of character flaw for their fall, but much more often, good-intentioned people fall into moral, ethical, and spiritual pits because they are not spending time in the right places, working on the right things.
Be at home working on your family relationships. At work earning a living. In school getting an education. There is a time for everything- for fun, for rest, for work. Take work home less and be involved at home.
Wives and children get neglected when time passes without the presence and involvement of a husband/father. Whether physically or emotionally absent, there are consequences for not fulfilling your role in the lives of those around you. Don’t you have somewhere to be right now?