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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Responding to Temptation (2 Samuel 11)

When we are faced with temptation, we have to decide how we will respond. Will we lean in, get a closer look, and embrace it or turn the other direction and run?

If we don't immediately turn the other direction and run, we will likely start justifying in our mind why we deserve to lean in, get a closer look, and embrace it. But no where in that thought process do we consider the consequences of that choice, the lives which will be impacted by it, or how God will feel as He watches us turn away from Him and embrace the sin He died on the cross to save us from.

This is how King David, a man after God's on heart, fell. Rather than going to battle with his men, he stayed home and took a nap. When he awoke from his nap, he took a walk out on the roof top looking out over the city. As he looked out, he saw Bathsheba bathing on another roof top. He was immediately faced with a decision as to how he would respond to temptation. Unfortunately, David chose to lean in, get a closer look, and embrace it rather than turning the other direction and running from it.

2 Samuel 11:2-4 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. [3] He sent someone to find out who she was .. [4] Then David sent messengers to get her ..

Immediately after choosing to sin with Bathsheba, there were great consequences to his actions. But rather than owning his sin, David tried to cover it up. In order to cover it up, he had to commit even greater sins with greater consequences.

David had Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, killed in battle to cover up his sin. Along with Uriah, some of David's other soldiers were also killed. Other lives were sacrificed in David's attempt to cover up his sin, including the life of the child born from that sin.

When we say yes to sin, it’s hard to imagine the destruction which will come as a result of it.

We have a tendency to think our sin is private. No one else will know and no one will be hurt by it. But the reality is, it’s never private. Every time we sin, we are sinning against God. Each one of our sins is another nail hammered into Jesus on the cross. And each sin knocks us off balance spiritually, making it easier to sin again and again like David did.

Unfortunately when we embrace temptation, lean in, and get a closer look, often times our sin has consequences for those around us and for many generations to come.

But when David was confronted by Nathan, the prophet, he confessed his sin, repented of it, and asked God to forgive him. And even here in the middle of the Old Testament, we see God’s amazing grace and love. God accepted David's repentance and forgave him for his sin. David accepted God’s forgiveness and moved forward. But the consequences of David's actions still followed him for the rest of his life.

Dear Lord, Like David, I am so far from perfect. As much as I want to never sin again, I know I will. When You confront me with my sin, Lord, please let me follow David's example and confess my sin, repent from it, and ask for Your forgiveness. Lord, please strengthen me to run from temptation rather than lean in and get a closer look. Please make me aware of my weaknesses so that I can avoid being in a place of temptation. Thank you for loving me enough to rescue you me from my sin by dying in my place on the cross, defeating sin and death, and making a way for me to live eternally with You.

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Apr 07, 2022

Responding to Temptation (2 Samuel 11)

Always put God first in everything you say or do.

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