Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 11.1-5
2 Samuel 11:1-5
Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5 The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.”
I am afraid that the familiarity with this text sometimes contributes to us not taking a fresh look at how it can impact our lives. This is a situation where David continued to allow himself to fall deeper and deeper into sin. His sin was definitely a slippery slope and he pursued it instead of being intentional to remove himself from this negative environment. This ultimately cost him deeply. Let’s be honest, the allure of sin is tempting, however, the aftermath of the consequences can be devastating and are something that we do not usually consider.
Let’s think for a moment you are David. What would you do differently to set yourself up for success? How would you prepare for the situation instead of waiting to be tempted and then fully indulging in the temptation? Are you doing all that you can to battle the temptation that you have?
Let’s be intentional to seek out accountability, change our environment and be grounded in God to equip us to make better decisions. Temptation is always going to be there, we must ask ourselves what are we doing to prepare for the battle? Instead of reacting when we are already in too deep, may we respond well with God’s strength for His glory!
Weekly Memory Verse: Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. James 2.17