In our Wednesday night Church service we’re going through Second Samuel. We’re on chapter 11 where David has his encounter with Bathsheba. With this first encounter came the beginning of bad choices followed by the consequences. I’m sure most of us know this part of David’s life so I won’t go into all of the details as to what all went down.
As I was reading over the chapter last night preparing for the message tonight something stood out to me. In verse 2 we read “One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful.” Sure in verse 3 we see where he sent to find out who she was. We then find out that she is married, that she and David have sex and that she becomes pregnant. We also see that it all gets worse from there, but I was in intrigued with verse 2.
Here we see David, a king, a believer in the one true God and a man after Gods own heart. Here he is on his roof walking around. I’m sure his intentions were not to see a woman bathing as he appears to be a man of integrity and honor. But as he is up there he happens to notice just that, a woman bathing. In that moment he had a choice. He could look away and continue what he is doing or he could look a little longer and try to focus in on her. As he chose the latter of the two he noticed that she was beautiful. Now He is very much interested in knowing more about this woman so he sends to find out and the story continues.
But let’s stay on that first part, the part where he first sees her. He became over powered by lust. He wanted to see her better so he had to focus on her. As he allowed the lust to grow just seeing her wasn’t enough, he needed to know who she was. As he allowed the lust to grow he wanted more. The temptation was the initial look. When he gave into the temptation it was a downhill spiral. This lead to the murder of her husband and a child out of wedlock that died because of David’s sin.
Sin, as we read in James 1:13-15, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
As Christians, Christ Followers, we are not immune to sin. The acceptance of Jesus does not equal a sinless life. I think we can learn a valuable lesson from king David. That lesson is preparation. David was not prepared to see a beautiful woman bathing when he went up on the roof. David wasn’t look to have an affair or to have someone killed when he went up there to walk around. Just like a lot of us aren’t really planning on sinning when we get up and start our day, but it happens from time to time. Granted, for most of us, the sins that we commit don’t even come close to those that came from David and his time on the roof. But sin is sin none the less. All sin separates us from God. 1 John 1:8-9 not only tells us that we all sin but shows us how to reconnect to God “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Temptations will come. They will always be presented to us because that’s how the enemy tries to get us distracted from God. How we handle those temptation will depend on our preparation. Not only life preparation, but daily preparation. The more of God we have in us, the better off we are at facing the temptations in life and coming out on top. The more we feed on God’s Word, the more time we spend in prayer, the more time we spend with people on the same path as us. These things will strengthen us in our spiritual walk with Jesus. These things will give us a better chance for success when the temptations come. Preparation is the key.
We are always here and available if you need help or guidance. Be blessed and remember that our strength as Christ followers comes from Jesus not ourselves.
In Christ alone