2 Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her…
Scripture describes David as a man after God’s own heart, yet he allowed the little fox of lust to spoil the vine. David’s example should be a stern warning for us all. If such a man as David can fall, so can we. How did such a godly man fall into sin? Consider these four downward steps for David.
He Fed His Natural Weaknesses
According to scripture, David had at least eight wives as well as a number concubines. No wonder he found it so easy to commit adultery with Bathsheba. Rather than valuing purity, David fed his passions.
He Gave Himself Too Much Undisciplined Time
Though we can become too busy, a certain amount of busyness is good for us. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying – “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” How true that is. If David had been with his army, he might not have ever fallen into such terrible sin.
He Managed His Life by Situation Ethics
Situation Ethics is a liberal theory concerning morality that was proposed way back in the 60′s. Basically the theory states that sometimes it is right to do wrong. Though some would say that an Episcopalian priest named Joseph Fletcher developed this theory of morality, in reality it is as old as Satan himself. Read Genesis 3.
He Willfully Condoned What He Knew Was Wrong
David knew that what he was doing was wrong, yet he refused to listen to the convicting voice of his conscience and instead chose to gratify his sensual pleasures. Many Christians do not take Satan’s warfare against us seriously. Rather than doing all they can to protect themselves from temptation, they often toy with it. The Bible warns us of both ‘grieving the Spirit’ and then ‘quenching’ Him. According to Hebrews 3:13, sin will harden our heart and cause us to become stubborn and rebellious.
Each of us have a natural weakness for sin. James writes: “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (James 1:14) For David it was sexual passion. For others it might be jealousy, anger, gambling, or gossip. Regardless of what it is, we must do all we can to protect ourselves from it. As the Shulamite woman said to her lover, so Christ says to us: “Seize the little foxes that will try to spoil the vines. Protect our love from their destruction.”