Thursday, February 21, 2019
Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. (2 Samuel 11:2 NLT)
David could not have avoided the first look at Bathsheba. But he could have avoided what he did next: he immediately acted on what he saw and called for one of his servants to find out who she was. A servant told him, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite” (2 Samuel 11:3 NLT).
You have to give that servant credit. He knew exactly what was going on with David. Here’s an interesting thing to consider: sometimes other people have a better sense of what we’re doing than we have. The servant knew David. He knew David was a womanizer. And he knew what David saw. So he said, “She is Bathsheba . . . the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” In other words, “She’s married and you’re married, so forget about it.”
But David didn’t forget about it.
God was putting a roadblock in David’s life to keep him from sinning. And God will put roadblocks in our lives as well. Have you ever noticed that when you try to do something wrong, God doesn’t make it easy for you? He makes it difficult.
That’s why I think it’s so ridiculous when someone claims to have somehow “fallen into” adultery. Really? Just like that—kind of like tripping over a rug? Someone says, “Here I am in adultery. How did this happen? How did I end up in the bed of someone else? How did this happen?”
Did they just “fall into” the hotel room or wherever? I don’t think so. They didn’t fall into anything. They planned it. They plotted it, they executed it, and then they lied to cover it up. People don’t simply “fall into” adultery. They have to jump through a lot of hoops to end up there.
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