There are many temptations out there. There are many slippery slopes we can find ourselves on. There are many deceptions trying to trip us up.
Let’s not grow wearying in doing what is good! Let’s key our eyes from wandering and leading us into trouble! From a glimpse to a look to a stare…the progression can be troubling if we don’t get a hold of it and get life under control.
Protect your character! How will you live to demonstrate your character? Don’t get tripped up and escalate what happened from bad to worse!
Consider what happened to David and Uriah as an example and a warning…
David Commits Adultery and Murder
1Now it came to pass at the turn of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his officials with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the children of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. 2One evening David rose from his bed and strolled on the roof of the royal palace. Then from the roof he saw a woman washing—a very beautiful woman. 3So David sent someone to inquire about the woman, and he reported, “Isn’t this Bath-sheba, daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4Then David sent messengers and took her when she came to him, and he lay with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness). Then she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David saying, “I’m pregnant.” 6So David sent a message to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the troops fared, and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” When Uriah left the royal palace, a present from the king followed him. 9But Uriah slept at the door of the royal palace with all his master’s servants, and did not go down to his house. 10When they informed David saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Haven’t you come from a journey? Why didn’t you go down to your house?” 11But Uriah answered David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my lord Joab and the officers of my lord are camping in the open field. Should I then go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As you live and as your soul lives, I will not do this thing.” 12Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will send you off.” So Uriah stayed in Jerusalem that day. The next day, 13David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk. But in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his master’s servants, but did not go down to his house. 14So in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by Uriah’s hand. 15In the letter he wrote, “Put Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and withdraw from him so that he may be struck down and die.” 16So it came to pass, when Joab was besieging the city, that he assigned Uriah to the place where he knew that valiant men were. 17Then the men of the city came out and attacked Joab, and some of the troops of David’s officers fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died. 18When Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war, 19he charged the messenger saying, “When you finish reporting all the events of the war to the king, 20if it happens that the king’s wrath flares up and he says to you, ‘Why did you come so close to the city to fight? Didn’t you know that they would shoot from the wall? 21Who killed Abimelech son of Jerubbesheth? Didn’t a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall, so that he died at Thebez? Why did you come so close to the wall?’ Then you will say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead, too.’” 22So the messenger went and came and told David all that Joab had sent him to report. 23The messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the open field, but we drove them back as far as the entrance of the gate. 24Then the archers shot at your troops from the wall, and some of the king’s officers fell dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite died, too.” 25Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab, ‘Don’t let this matter upset you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Press your attack against the city and overthrow it!’ So tell him, chazak!” 26Now when the wife of Uriah heard that her husband Uriah had died, she mourned over her husband. 27When the time of mourning was over, David sent someone who brought her to his palace. So she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done was evil in Adonai’s eyes.
–from 2 Samuel 11
Would you rather live out life well or deal with the consequences of your choices and decisions? God’s got a plan! God’s plan is good! He can even take what the devil planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good. You can’t trick God! God knows and sees what is taking place! How will you release it? How will you find forgiveness? How will you find hope? How will you get things straightened out? Will you do something before it’s too late? Will you do something before someone else finds out and reveals it? Turn to God! As Jesus for wisdom! And do what God tells you to do!
Nathan Confronts David
1Then Adonai sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said to him, “There were two men in the same city—one was rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had an exceedingly huge flock and herd, 3but the poor man had nothing at all, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished, and it grew up together with him and his children. It ate from his own morsel and drank from his own cup, and nestled in his bosom, and it was to him like a daughter. 4Now a traveler came to the rich man, but he was unwilling to take one from his own flock or herd to prepare a meal for the wayfarer who had come to him. Rather, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man that had come to him.” 5Then David’s anger blazed hot against the man and he said to Nathan, “As Adonai lives, the man that did this deserves to die! 6So he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did such a thing and showed no pity.” 7Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says Adonai, God of Israel: It is I who anointed you king over Israel, and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8I also gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your bosom, and I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. Now if that were too little, then I would have added to you so much more. 9Why then have you despised the word of Adonai by doing such evil in My eyes? Uriah the Hittite you have struck down with the sword, and his wife you have taken to be your wife, and him you have slain with the sword of the children of Ammon 10So now the sword will never depart from your house—because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 11“Thus says Adonai: Behold, I am going to raise up evil against you from your own household, and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12Indeed you have done it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and under the sun.” 13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against Adonai.” Nathan replied to David, “Adonai also has made your sin pass away—you will not die. 14However, because by this deed you have made the enemies of Adonai greatly blaspheme, so even the child born to you will surely die.” 15Then Nathan went to his house. Then Adonai struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David and he became very sick. 16David therefore sought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in and lay all night on the floor. 17The elders of his household stood beside him in order to get him up from the floor but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. 18Then it came to pass on the seventh day that the child died. But David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he didn’t listen to our voice. So how can we tell him that the child is dead? He might do something terrible!” 19But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David perceived that the child was dead. So David asked his servants, “Is the child dead?” “He is dead,” they said. 20Then David got up from the floor, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes. Then he went to the House of Adonai and worshipped. When he came back to his own palace, he asked for food, so they set food before him and he ate. 21His servants asked him, “What is this thing you have done? You fasted and wept while the child was still alive, but as soon as the child died, you got up and ate food.” 22He replied, “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept, for I thought, ‘Who knows? Adonai might be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23But now that he has died, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? It is I who will be going to him, but he will never return to me.” 24Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and lay with her, and she bore a son and called his name Solomon. Adonai loved him, 25and He sent word by the hand of the prophet Nathan. So he called his name Jedidiah, for Adonai’s sake. 26Now Joab attacked Rabbah of the children of Ammon and captured the royal city. 27So Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have attacked Rabbah and captured the city’s water supply. 28So now gather the rest of the troops together, camp against the city and capture it. Otherwise I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.” 29So David gathered all the troops, went to Rabbah, attacked it and captured it. 30Then he took the crown of their king from off his head—its weight was a talent of gold and in it was a precious stone—and then it was placed on David’s head. He also brought a vast amount of spoils out of the city. 31Then he brought out the people who were there and put them to work under saws, iron threshing boards and iron axes, and assigned them to brick making; and thus he did to all the cities of the children of Ammon. Then David and all the troops returned to Jerusalem.
–from 2 Samuel 12
We are fallen men and we need a savior! We need Jesus and that is why God sent Him! Jesus is the way, the truth and the light! Are you ready to hear from God? Are you ready to receive His Word? Will today be your day of transformation? Will you invite Jesus into your heart and start the process? Becoming a new creation with the old gone and the new having come? If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Create in Me a Clean Heart
1For the music director: a psalm of David, 2when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba. 3Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your mercy. According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 4Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 5For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. 6Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. 7Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin when my mother conceived me. 8Surely You desire truth in the inner being. Make me know wisdom inwardly. 9Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 10Let me hear joy and gladness, so the bones You crushed may rejoice. 11Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 12Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 13Do not cast me from Your presence— take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me. 14Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. 15Then will I teach transgressors Your ways and sinners will return to You. 16Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God— God of my salvation. Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness. 17O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 18For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it, nor be pleased by burnt offerings. 19The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. 20In Your favor do good to Zion. Build up the walls of Jerusalem. 21Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.
–from Psalms 51
Don’t lose hope, but share it with others! Teach up others that they may be able to pass it along too! Let’s make a difference that will go on beyond ourselves.
Disciples from Generation to Generation
1Therefore, my child, be strengthened in the grace that is in Messiah Yeshua. 2And what you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust to faithful people who will be capable to teach others also. 3Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Messiah Yeshua. 4No one serving as a soldier entangles himself in the activities of everyday life, so that he might please the one who enlisted him. 5Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned victorious unless he competes according to the rules. 6The hard-working farmer ought to receive the first share of the crops. 7Consider what I am saying, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 8Remember Yeshua the Messiah, raised from the dead, from the seed of David—according to my Good News. 9For this I suffer hardship as a criminal, even to the point of chains—though the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the chosen, so they might obtain the salvation that is in Messiah Yeshua with eternal glory. 11Trustworthy is the saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; 13if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.
A Workman with the Word
14Remind them of these things and solemnly charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which is useless—to the ruin of those who are listening. 15Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth. 16But avoid godless chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness 17and their words will spread like cancer. Among them are Hymeneaus and Philetus— 18men who have missed the mark concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place. They are overturning the faith of some. 19Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord keep away from unrighteousness.” 20Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay—some for honor and some for common use. 21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these, he will be a vessel for honor—sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. 22Now flee from youthful desires; instead, pursue righteousness, faithfulness, love, and shalom, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 23But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24The Lord’s slave must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, tolerant. 25Let him give guidance with humility to those who are in opposition—perhaps God may grant them a change of mind, leading to the knowledge of truth. 26Then they may regain their senses and escape the devil’s snare, in which they had been held captive by him to do his will.
–from 2 Timothy 2