When John D. Rockefeller was asked “how much is enough money?” He responded with “just a little bit more.”
This is the problem we have when something begins to consume us. We are not satisfied.
Thus, we enter into that sad chapter in King David’s life in the story of Bathsheba.
2 Samuel 11,12 spell out the circumstances and there are many life lessons here.
David can’t sleep and finds himself strolling on the roof observing a very beautiful woman bathing on her roof. “Whoah!” He thinks. It doesn’t matter that he has his own beautiful wives, this lady is a knockout!
Rather than taking the opportunity to retreat quickly into the palace, he instead decides this is one woman he needs to get to know. He inquires of her, finds out she is the wife of Uriah the Hittite, who is a soldier in David’s army and he send for her and sleeps with her.
Mistake #1, not running from temptation. Mistake #2, sleeping with another man’s wife. Let’s just call it what it is….sin.
David finds out Bathsheba is pregnant after the evening spent with him and he tries to get Uriah to come back home and sleep with his wife, so as to cover up who the child really belongs to.
Sin #3…covering up rather than confessing.
David, who has been so full of integrity up until this encounter, is now trying to fix his wrongdoing by covering up with more wrongdoing.
Uriah it seems, has the strength of character that David is lacking and won’t sleep with his wife under the principle that why should he enjoy himself on leave while the rest of the soldiers battle on?
David puts Uriah on the front lines, gets him killed and after a period of Bathsheba mourning, takes her as his wife.
Have you ever thought you had a nice little plan all worked out that you hoped would cover up something that you did wrong?
Have you ever had that plan discovered?
God saw what David did and was not pleased. He sends Nathan the prophet to tell David so.
Nathan tells the sad story of the man who had a beloved lamb and a rich man who had everything who took the man’s lamb and killed it.
David in anger declares the rich man should be killed and Nathan looks him in the face and declares: “You are that man!”
Be sure your sins will find you out.
David in sorrow repents and God in mercy spares his life and forgives. However, David’s sin was not without consequences.
God’s forgiveness does not nullify or erase the damage or harm that our sin might bring to us or others.
The child of David and Bathsheba dies. God tells David that some of his women will be taken by his own family and slept with in broad daylight. David’s sin in private would be repeated in a humiliating display within his own family.
If only when we are tempted to sin, we would count the cost and look down the road before we cross the bridge of temptation.
David confesses his sin to God in the beautiful Psalm 51.
Although I am so sorry that David did this terrible thing, I praise God that He is just and looks out for the little guys like Uriah.
God loved David, but He loved Uriah too.
First and foremost, God loves truth and righteousness. He is a God who cannot be bribed or bought with any price or favor. We cannot bargain with him no matter who we are. He is not impressed with our position, our money or any earthly power.
He cares about one thing only and that is the state of our heart.
“Create in me a pure heart, oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” Psalm 51:10-12