When sin lurks from the rooftop
2 Samuel 12:9
Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
Most of us have read about the David and Bathsheba episode. If not, before reading this blog, I request you go through 2 Samuel 11 and 12.
King David sinned! The man who God had said is “after my own heart” fell to lust, eventually leading to a murder. Yes, even the biggest can fall. Make no mistake. Sin is enticing. It is pleasure-filled. It gives happiness. All of these and probably more! It is a fact.
Why did the man after God’s own heart succumb? Or to put it in our context, why do we succumb to sin? Let’s explore a few reasons:
1. Wasn’t in the battlefield
“At a time when kings go to war,” (2 Samuel 12:1) David, the king of Israel decided to stay back home. The one who was supposed to be in the battlefield fighting the enemy was taking a nap.
When the Lord has put us in positions and kept us upfront in the battlefield to fight the enemy, we cannot afford to relax. Spiritual warfare is a constant process. We cannot be found sleeping! That’s why Jesus had specifically told His disciples (and us) who were found sleeping during times of prayer, “Watch and pray, so that you won’t fall into temptation.”
Be in the battlefield. Be where God wants you to be.
2. Woke up, but wasn’t awake.
David was probably still sleepy when he decided to take a walk on the roof, till a bathing woman ‘woke him up.’
There are times, and in my case – all the time, when we wake up from a nap/sleep, and still continue to be sleepy. At times like these we do things mechanically – like brushing our teeth, taking out the trashcan or getting in the newspaper, etc. We may think that we are a ‘woken up’ Christian, but our spiritual life may still be sleepy. At times like these, we tend to do our ‘spiritual things’ mechanically – going to church, reading the Bible, praying, etc. Ask and introspect – are we doing these out of devotion for God, or merely because they make us feel good?
If David was truly ‘awakened’, he would have run away from the temptation. There’s a difference between being awakened during a temptation and being woken up by a temptation. Some Christians are awakened only during revival meetings. How are we when we don’t have big preachers around us? How are we when we are all alone and facing the world? Stand out, but stay out. Stand out in the crowd, but stay out of the world.
Don’t be a sleepy Christian. Be awakened. In season, and off season!
3. Didn’t run from temptation
2 Samuel 11: 3 – And David sent and inquired about the woman.
David, instead of running away from the temptation, ran towards it. The man, who ran after God’s own heart, ran towards temptation.
When confronted with or by a temptation that seems enticing, run! From it, not towards it. Getting tempted is not a sin, but falling for it is! When sin lurks from the rooftop, run to the Mountain-top!
No person can ever claim that they have never been tempted, but you would be called a conqueror in Christ only when you have decided not to step into the temptation.
What is it that tempts you? What is it that lures you? Identify the areas, and stay away from it – it could be as simple as an online chat, or a simple banner on a ‘harmless’ website. Log out!
David missed the bigger picture. For momentary pleasures, he missed out seeing the consequences of his sin. But David also showed us what it is like to be a man of God. When confronted by a prophet, David turned to God and confessed.
This is where Moses was different. He knew the ‘fleeting pleasures’ of sin he would enjoy at the palace of Pharaoh will be momentary. It will be here tomorrow. Gone tomorrow, but not before leaving behind some indelible mark. Following Christ may involve reproach, mistreatments and insults, but again, only in this temporary tent. Moses considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. (Refer Hebrews 11:24-26) Moses chose to look at the bigger picture – something that we often miss to do. The reward he was seeking was eternal, the one that the hands of mere mortals cannot make or destroy.
Look at the bigger picture. Look at eternity. Look at Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.