...from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful..."
2 Samuel 11:2
The story of David and Bathsheba has always intrigued me. How can a man "after God's own heart" go after a woman who is not his wife, and have her husband killed?!!
The clue is in the first line of the 2nd Book
of Samuel, Chapter 1: “At the turn of the year, when kings go out on campaign...David remained in Jerusalem."
This is when, after a nap, he strolled out on the roof of his palace, and saw a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of looking away, he feasted his eyes on her,
and made inquiries as to who she was.
This child's song comes to mind: “Be careful, little eyes, what you see!" David's first mistake was NOT DOING what he was supposed to do. He did not go off to fight the Ammonites. He was lazy, he was idle, he shirked his responsibilities as the
King, the leader of his army.
All this time, David had been fighting FOR the Lord, and fighting FOR the things of the Lord. He loved God, praised God all the time, composed songs for Him. But when he saw Bathsheba, he stopped fighting. He succumbed. “When we don't fight, we lose sight of what's right!"
The road to destruction starts when we stop fighting. It starts with little, seemingly inconsequential things. A little office flirtation. That's not a sin, we think. A little lying. A little stealing. A little gossip. A little peek at pornography.
We need to continue to fight, in the spring, in the summer, during harvest time. We should never allow the devil to make our minds his playground!