23 June 2020 – 2 Samuel 11:14-27
Today, we continued with the story of how David committed one sin after another. David knew that the consequence of committing adultery sin is death for both parties under the law. In verses 7-13, we read that David tried various ways to get Uriah to go home to be with his wife, Bathsheba. But because he was not successful, he planned Uriah’s death to cover up his own sin (verse 14) and each step he took, led him deeper and deeper into sin. With Uriah’s death, David would be able to marry Bathsheba as quickly as possible because she was already pregnant with his child. From here, we can see one sin has led to another with David becoming a murderer. David was mentioned in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14 & Acts 13:22) and yet he gave in to temptation and committed adultery.
When David heard the news of Uriah’s death (verses 24-25), he did not express any grief or sorrow as one would normally do especially that Uriah was a great warrior and a man of godly character. He was just unmoved and this was not the same David that we read a few chapters earlier. This stands to show that the sin he has committed has also hardened his heart. He could be happy at that moment knowing his plan was successful.
In verse 27, it states that God was not pleased with what David did. The story is not over as David still has to face the consequences of sin because no one stands above the law of God. It may seem to David, with the death of Uriah, that he has resolved what could have been a sticky situation, but it is the beginning of his problems as the story continues in the next chapters of 2 Samuel.
David’s problem started when he failed to be where God wanted him. Instead of being with his men at the battle, he stayed home in his palace. If he was there at the battle, none of this would have happened. Sometimes, we may be like David too. We are supposed to be at a particular place, or asked to go to a particular place to do God’s work, but did not as was distracted with other things thus missed out on what God wants us to do. The devil is very clever. He will try to distract us from anything to do with God. When he does, he can also cause us to be tempted to do something that displeases God.
As mentioned in yesterday’s devotion, falling into temptations can happen to anyone, which is true. Once you’re in, you can get deeper and deeper into it before you know it. If you try to conceal your sin, things only get worse. The best course of action is to confess your sins and to forsake them. Proverbs 28:13 – He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your strength to stand up against each temptation every time I encounter it. Grant me the spiritual alertness so that no temptation will be able to catch me by surprise and drag me away from You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.