In the spring of the following year, at the time when wars begin, David sent Joab and the Israeli army to destroy the Ammonites. They began by laying siege to the city of Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem. One night he couldn’t get to sleep and went for a stroll on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking her evening bath. 2 Samuel 11:1,2 (TLB)
It was the spring of the year when he sent his army off to fight, but instead of going himself, he sent Joab with instructions as to what he wanted accomplished. There is no escaping the fact that David’s decision led to lust, adultery, and murder.
King David, while lounging in his palace sees a beautiful woman and sends for her. Though he is informed of the fact she is a married woman, he totally disregards this information, for he is overcome with desire for her. David sleeps with Bathsheba and she becomes pregnant. He recalls Uriah from the war and tries to arrange a liaison between Uriah and his wife, but out of respect for his troops still engaged in battle, he declines. Then David gets him drunk in an attempt to cause Uriah to lose his judgment and go in to his wife. Both these tactics fail, that’s when David devises his most wicked plan; a tactical move he commands Joab to execute which results in Uriah being killed.
It is done. Uriah, a good and loyal warrior is dead, and his widow Bathsheba is pregnant with David’s son. (What strikes me here is that I see no evidence of agonizing or regret, no indecision; he just coolly and calmly decides to not only sleep with Bathsheba, but murder her husband.)
David’s mistake was the choice to lay his armor aside at a crucial time and forsake leading his armies into battle; that made him vulnerable. In his repose, while he was at leisure arrived the moment of temptation.
We have no different responsibility or cause today. When we choose to rest and recline when we are being called into the heat of battle, we can expect the same fate as David. Therefore we cannot afford to disregard the importance of putting on the armor of God.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 (KJV)
The next time you are idly paging through porn on your phone, staring at a beautiful woman walking by, or thinking about the co-worker who is enticing you with seductive words and sultry glances; remember that all it takes is a moment of weakness to set in motion a lifetime of regret. We are being assaulted on every side by the siren call of wealth, lust, status, greed and selfishness, and we are losing good men every day. If we are not wise, we too will become like David was at his worst. We must understand that we can NEVER set aside our armor, EVER.
Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Ephesians 6:13-18 (MSG)
Today, be strong in the Lord my friend, I am praying for you; please pray for me.