When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord. – 2 Sam 11:27
David’s first fall into the darkness seems to begin when he did not go with his men to war. He did not lead the way into battle, the same as he had before now. Then he catches a glance of a woman, that turns into a stare and gives birth to temptation. He does not relent as he brings Bathsheba to the king’s house. This may seem innocent at first, but he knew the motives of his heart and gives way to sin of adultery which then gives way to the sin of murder.
There is no problem with temptation other that it gives way to sin because in most cases instead of walking away I want to see just how close to the fire I can stand without getting burnt. If David had gone to war with his men, the temptation would not have even arose in him. Therefore, when I am about the Lord’s work, there is no room for the temptation to give birth to sin.
Secondly, when there is temptation, I must turn from it. James tell us in chapter 4:7, “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.” Now we must be in the confidence of the Lord for this to work. It means we must truly want to resist, otherwise, sin will win at the end. There are no temptations that cannot be overcome by the Lord if we let Him.
This means I must rule not only my mind, but my heart, soul and body as well. I have to ensure that I keep it all in the Lord’s will and doing the Lord’s work. This is how temptation is defeated and how sin is not given a chance. Remember what it says in Genesis 4, “If you would just do right, wouldn’t it be acceptable with you. For sin is crouching at your door, like a lion, looking to devour you.”
So then, do not give sin a chance. Let God lead you by doing His will and His work. Keeping our hearts, bodies and minds in the work of the Lord so that sin and temptation do not stand a chance at ensnaring me. Let God guide my path away from the temptations of life and let me, dear Lord, resist him when he does come. Be my strength and my light so that my path will be straight and sin will be defeated.
To God be the Glory,