by Ronnie Floyd

Devotion…Struggles…and Failures
Ronnie Floyd
II Samuel 11:26-12:25
June 27, 1993

On June 16 of this year USA TODAY carried an article concerning the National Park Service and its rising costs to rescue people who get into trouble in the various national parks across America. Last year the National Park Service spent $1.4 million on 5,000 rescues, not counting the $1.7 million donated by the military in providing search planes and helicopters. The overall concern is that Adventure Tourism such as climbing, caving, kayaking, and others are getting out of hand. The thought is that if people who get themselves into trouble have to pay for the rescue service, rather than being provided it, they might be more careful. Therefore, if you are hiking and get lost, you would have to pay the financial bill to rescue you, which could go into the thousands of dollars. The title of the article caught my attention: "You Stray, You Pay!"

There is an incredible spiritual application to this article. If you stray from God and His will, you will pay for it. It does not matter who you are or what you do, you pay for straying from God. Even David had to pay- for straying from God.

Last week we learned from 2 Samuel It about Davic neglecting His kingly responsibilities, lusting after Bathsheba, and being deceived by Satan, thereby committing adultery with Bathsheba. In his attempt to cover up his sin of adultery, David had Uriah, thX husband of Bathsheba, killed on the front lines of battle, Last week, we talked about the American mentality, "Play Now ... Pay Later."

Today, we are going to turn our attention to 2 Samuef 12 and share with you the message, "When God Tn' Your Play Time Into Pay Timers You stray, you pay.
In this chapter of Scripture, God turned David's play time into pay time. Regardless of the sin you have committed or what has drawn you away from God, you stray . . . you past There are two events that will happen in your life when ...

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