David and Bathsheba
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, and David sent someone to find out about her.2 Samuel 11:2-3
David let his own physical desires control his actions, and he forget to be controlled by the Spirit. David had a plenty of wives, but it’s was his sinful desire to have what doesn’t belong him, but he was king and he used his power for sin. If David had gone back to bed, or called on one of his wives, then God would be pleased. There are worldly consequences to our sinful behavior, even if God forgives us.
In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die. (2 Samuel 11:16-17) Satan seeks to get sinful foothold in our life, and that is what he did to David. David had Bathsheba brought to David and he sleep with her; and later she sent word to David she was pregnant. David, to cover his sin, had Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, carry a letter back to Joab, (commander of his army) to have Uriah killed in battle.
And do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27) Satan gave David a foothold, which and led him to more sin; stealing Uriah’s wife and having Uriah killed. This is a lesson to every Christian, never let Satan get a foothold, because it can easily lead us into more sin or a sinful habit.
Sinful behavior has worldly consequences, for David the sword never left his life. “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. (2 Samuel 12:11) The sword never left David, his own sons tried to be king, and the baby born to Bathsheba died.
Psalm 51 is David psalm of repentance. A brief excerpt from the Psalm:
For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
Today know that sin can have worldly consequences from God. David’s emotions and desires took control of his life. Christians must control their emotions and desires, because that is the way Satan attacks us.
Prayer: Father, help me to have self-control in all cases, and always be guided by the Spirit and not by the flesh. In Jesus name, Amen