There was a bitter history between Joab and Abner. After all, Abner had killed Joab’s little brother. Now Abner was in Hebron, a city of refuge, and Joab couldn’t touch him.
So Joab goes to Abner and whispers in his ear, “Step into the gateway where we can talk privately. I have something to tell you.”
Now picture this: The man guilty of murder leans into his victim’s Avenger of Blood (the only person with a right to kill him in retaliation) to hear him whisper, “Step outside the safety of these walls just for a second.”
AND HE DOES!
I’m sure you know what happens. Abner dies.
David mourned Abner’s death. But he also recognized it as a needless death. Listen to what the King says at the funeral:
Should Abner have died as the lawless die? Your hands were not bound, your feet were not fettered. You fell as one falls before wicked men. (3:33)
In other words, No one made you go outside these walls, Abner. You made a ridiculous choice. A fool died today.
Friend, if you have confessed your sin and asked God to forgive you, you are safe from the evil Satan would love to pierce you with. But hear the warning:
Satan will no doubt come to you and whisper in your ear, “Come with me. Just for a second.” He’ll put temptation out there, and you’ll find yourself thinking, “What can it hurt?”
Understand that when you step away from God, Satan has the advantage. And sometimes all he needs is a second. Don’t be a fool. Don’t think Satan can’t get to you. Guard your heart and mind. Cling to the Savior. Do not step away because Satan is like a lion, prowling around, waiting to devour you.
When I finally meet Jesus face to face, I want to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I certainly don’t want to hear the words, “A fool died today.”