Scripture: 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In these chapters of the book of 2 Samuel, David has an episode with Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite. He allows himself to fall deeper and deeper into sin. David stayed home from war, focused on his own desires instead of God’s, gave in to his temptations and deliberately sinned, tried to cover up his sin by deceiving others, and then committed murder to continue covering up his sin. David’s sin was finally exposed; however, God was watching and was disappointed in David’s behavior. The consequences of David’s sin began to affect many others and not just himself. 1 Chronicles 20 describes the capture of Rabbath and war with the Philistines. During this time, David had abandoned his purpose and stayed home from war. Follow along in 2 Samuel 11-12 and 1 Chronicles 20!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
David could have chosen to stop and turn away from this evil at any time along the way. He gave in to his temptations, and it was too difficult to stop his sin. The best solution is to stop the sin before it even starts. We must flee from our temptations in life, and we can always ask God to help us in situations that may tempt us. Sometimes in life, we face situations with only two apparent choices, with both of them seeming wrong. We must stop and ask God what to do in each situation. He may want us to seek out more options or choices, so that we are sure to find an option that is pleasing to God. We must not try to cover up our sins. It is better to confess and ask God for forgiveness before they get way out of hand. And, we are all sinners, but God forgives. Also, sometimes the qualities we condemn in others are our own character flaws. We sometimes find friends, coworkers or family members hard to accept. We can ask God to understand their feelings and to help us see our own flaws more clearly.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.