2 Samuel 11:1 — In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem (NIV).
For the next several days we’re going to take an in depth look at temptation. In 2 Samuel 11, we find the account of David’s temptation and subsequent sin with Bathsheba. I want to take the time to point out to you the events leading up to David’s infidelity. My prayer is that you will learn from his mistakes and make the proper adjustments in your life to avoid falling into sin.
David was the king of Israel and one of the most successful warriors of all time. He was generous, full of integrity, and loved by the people. David was a man after God’s own heart, but he was still just a man. He was an imperfect human being just like you and me, and I believe one of the biggest struggles David faced was “getting the big head.” At times he allowed his ego to cloud his better judgment. Let’s look at one such occurrence.
At the time when kings normally go off to war, David decided he’d hang back at the palace and send someone in his stead. So Joab went to war, and David remained in Jerusalem. David didn’t realize it then, but he was setting himself up for failure. Maybe he was tired, or perhaps he just didn’t want to go. But I doubt very seriously his intent was to scope out a bathing woman and commit adultery with her. Nevertheless, it happened.
He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some temptations are unavoidable, but as in David’s case, temptation is often the product of a foolish choice. If David had gone to war like he was supposed to, he likely would not have fallen into sin.
Ask God today to help you avoid temptation. He’s given you the ability to make wise decisions. Don’t allow your ego to override sound judgment. No one is untouchable.
Matthew 26:41 — “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (NIV).
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