How the mighty have fallen!
Scripture reading for March 29th: 2nd Samuel 11-14
In my years in the church, I have witnessed a number of moral failures. Many of these have been in ministry and were men and women of God who had powerful ministries and were great people of influence in the church and community. Those in ministry have caring hearts and are often the target of Satan. Satan knows that if he can get a man or woman of God to compromise, he has an opportunity to trip up many in the church. These moral failures were often a result of pride, success, and lack of accountability.
In today’s reading, King David decided to stay home from the battlefield and take a break. He was about 50 years old at this time, has had great success. While resting at home, he saw his neighbor’s wife bathing and sent for her. They have a sexual encounter and a child was conceived. (2nd Samuel 11:4-5) When David was notified, he sent for her husband, Uriah. David hoped to have Uriah spend time with his wife but Uriah had made a vow of abstinence while fighting. King David sent Uriah back with orders for his army commander Joab to have Uriah killed in battle.
Sin always takes one farther than they want to go! David’s failure to restrain his passions brought an unwanted pregnancy. David essentially had Bathsheba’s husband murdered. (2nd Samuel 11:25-27) David then married Bathsheba. This turn of events displeased the Lord!
What lessons are here for us today? First, sexual sins are always deadly! God’s Word warns us that we must not commit adultery! God has joined the man and woman together as one. They are a picture of Christ and His bride, the Church! (Ephesians 5: 31-32) When we separate what God has joined together, we open the door to violence between the parties involved. (Malachi 2:15-16) David was moved on by Satan to have Bathsheba’s husband murdered and the child that was conceived died as well.
It has been said that we often overestimate our ability to resist temptation. Have you been looking at things you should not be looking at? Have you entertained temptation rather than resisting it? Are you emotionally involved with someone who is not your mate? Flee temptation today and turn to the Lord for forgiveness and help! King David’s own advice can be found in Psalm 32: 1-6!