Tuesday, June 6th, '17
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afternoon David rose from his siesta and took a walk on the roof of the royal
palace..." (2 Samuel 11:2 Moffatt)
Perhaps on other occasions he might have needed
a sleeping pill, but not at this stage of his life. The generals didn't want
David out on the battlefield. He had paid his dues; besides, he was getting too
old for fighting giants. So he stayed home "at the time when kings go out to
battle". Inactive is never proactive. You've heard; idleness is the devil's
workshop. "Think I'll take a nap". And when he did all guard was dropped. David
rose from his siesta and "from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman
was very beautiful to behold". (Go back inside, David, and take another nap! He
didn't.) You know the rest of the story, the affair, the cover-up, the baby,
and then the mafia-style disposing of evidence.
We read of other fatal naps in the Bible,
Ishbosheth "was taking his siesta at noon" (2 Samuel 4:5 Moffatt), when he was
assassinated, and no one can forget Jonah snoring in the hull of the ship, the
disciples conked out in Gethsemane at the greatest crisis hour of their lives,
or Samson cutting Z's on Delilah's lap. Lap, nap, get the connection? In
all these situations the siesta was probably needed but the timing was rotten.
Peter said, "Be sober, be vigilant", that is, stay wide awake and be alert,
"because your adversary the devil walks about seeking whom he may devour".
There is a time to sleep and a time to weep. "He that sleeps in harvest is a
son that causes shame" (Proverbs 10:5). "But while men slept, his enemy came
and sowed tares among the wheat" (Matthew 13:25). Naps can be traps. Or as they
say, when you snooze you lose.
In Latin culture siesta is part of the job
description. Thank God for shade trees. Multi-millionaire Charles Given agrees
that a forty-minute mid-afternoon nap can increase productivity. Little gets
done when the serotonin level dips out of sight. So yea, kick back. But keep
the spiritual eyes open. David would never have been that vulnerable had it
been Goliath in the pool instead of Bathsheba, but that's the subtlety of
temptation. The enemy does his best work disguised as the answer to a
legitimate need. Seldom does he rouse strong believers to a wide-awake duel;
instead he prefers lulling them to sleep. Fiesta has its own
temptations...you know how Marti Gras glitter and glamour can get to some
folks...but siesta is the other common battle that all must fight. It is
in the idle hours that true character (or its lack) is revealed.