King David was now very old, and no matter how many blankets covered him, he could not keep warm. (1 Kings 1:1 NLT)
David is now “old and advanced in years.” Our bodies change as we get older and David is no exception. He is not the mighty soldier that he once was. He probably doesn’t carry his food the way he used to. He also can’t keep warm when it is cold at night. So, those closest to the king search look for a solution.
So his advisers told him, "Let us find a young virgin to wait on you and look after you, my lord. She will lie in your arms and keep you warm." (1 Kings 1:2 NLT)
I told Traci my wife, “This week we need to do the part where David gets cold and the bring him a woman to warm him up.” Traci’s response was, “No we don’t!” Then I realized what I said. “I mean, I need to teach through this passage this week.” Communication can be a tricky thing.
Traci’s response to this solution is actually the same as mine. Couldn’t they come up with a different solution? Why didn’t they build a better fire in the fireplace? Why didn’t they move his bed closer to the fireplace? Why not have his pet dog lay next to him in bed? No, the solution was to get a beautiful young woman to sleep next to him. Even old and advanced in years, David had an overactive libido.
So they searched throughout the land of Israel for a beautiful girl, and they found Abishag from Shunem and brought her to the king.(1 Kings 1:3 NLT)
We’re talking about David’s legacy here – what people remember about him. This is one of those things. The same David who slayed Goliath also stole Bathsheba and killed her husband. The same David who killed his tens of thousands in battle also married many women against The LORD’s will. This was an area of weakness in David – one that the enemy would exploit to cause David to fall. Thank God, as we saw yesterday, that when David fell he repented and returned to God.
The girl was very beautiful, and she looked after the king and took care of him. But the king had no sexual relations with her. (1 Kings 1:1-4 NLT)
How about you? Do you have a certain area where you struggle more than others? Does the enemy use that area to drive a wedge between you and other people? …between you and God? When this area gets to you, do you turn back to The LORD? What will your legacy be?