Reading about the sheer amount of struggles so many, both unmarried and married are facing with food, immorality and other personal struggles, I couldn’t help but write this article. Not just for everyone else, but also for myself. Seeing people fall who seemed so secure in their walks with The Lord, is both saddening and humbling. If these giants of the Faith can be so shaken, I can be too.
In my discouragement, I had to look to what The Lord had provided us about this topic in The Bible, in the hopes that I could find a gem or two in The Word for now, and for the future. I believe I have…
In 2 Samuel 11, The Bible tells us it was time for the Kings to go out to battle, and King David chose to stay at home, instead of be with his troops in battle. Not only that, The Ark of The Covenant (The Presence of The Lord) went with them. He was laying on his bed one evening, when he decided to arise and go for a walk on the roof. As he was walking around, he noticed a woman (Bathsheba) bathing on her roof, and as he CONTINUED to look at her, he realised she was “beautiful to behold”. His mind then became so consumed by what he had seen, he in his curiosity asked about who she was, and when he found out, he sent people to bring her to him, full of intent for what he was about to do. He KNEW what he was doing was wrong, there is speculation that Bathsheba’s husband was even David’s friend. It was too late though. After providing provision for the flesh by his idleness, he then provided himself with yet further provision by “beholding” Bathsheba, and then continued to THINK about her.
Then he carried it out, he had an affair with Bathsheba, causing her ruin, and his own. She became pregnant, and when she told David of this, he tried to hide what he had done. He called for her husband Uriah to be sent home in order that he would sleep with his wife, and the baby would be thought to be his. The thing is, Uriah was a different sort of man to David. It would be wrong of him to take pleasure from his wife while his people were at war, and to take his focus from the purposes of The Lord. He was preparing mentally and physically for the battle he knew he would be sent back to, and nothing was going to get in his way.
So he chose to stay away from his wife, to not create provision for his flesh. It was likely he WANTED to go to his wife, at least to see her, to feel at home, but he knew the temptation to drink, and the temptation to take his wife would be strong. So he did not allow himself to go to her, and stayed with the Kings servants instead. When the King found out about it, he couldn’t understand it, but he had to try again. Uriah was invited to a banquet the King had set up, and the King made him drunk, hoping he would put his convictions aside and go to his wife anyway, but again he did not go.
So what does all this mean? From what I can see of this section of the story, King David chose not to do The Lords work, he stayed behind and became lazy. He then saw a woman naked, and instead of choosing to look away, indulged himself in beholding her from afar. He looked at what was not his to have, it was forbidden and he didn’t care. He indulged in his fantasy and curiosity, and refused to allow himself to be convicted in order that he might sin.
Uriah on the other hand had far more right to his wife, and yet he had such strong principles, and convictions, written in his heart, as well as such a strong sense of purpose and direction, he could not allow himself to even provide provision for his flesh. He knew The Lords plans and purposes for his life, and he would not be moved from that, even when tempted by the head of his earthly authorities.
He finished his life honoring and glorifying God. It took a lot of humbling for The King who was known as a man after Gods own heart to finally be convicted of his many sins. It took great repentance, but The Lord forgave him for what he had done, but for the rest of his life he was plagued by the consequences of his decisions, as was his entire family. What was once United became divided.
In his repentance, he had again become a man after Gods own heart, and The Lord blessed him. His relationship with God was restored, but what had happened on earth caused much pain and disorder for many generations.
Friends, I pray for you, as I pray for myself that you will take steps to be like Uriah. Ask GOD what His ultimate standard is. Ask GOD how you can serve Him in this area, and then follow Him tenaciously, and don’t let idleness catch you unawares. When temptation presents itself, don’t THINK about it, renew your mind, and focus on The Lord and what He sees instead of what you see. Stand strong in your convictions and principles, and in doing so bring glory to God. Remember that all God has given us we are stewards of not owners of. Everyone and everything are The Lords, and He calls us to honor all that is His. Especially each other. Don’t take what is and never will be yours to have, even a nibble destroys the apple. Try and make provision for The Lords work in your life rather than your own, or someone else’s. May The Lord bless us all as we endeavor to serve and love Him.