2 Samuel 12:20 Moving On Past Tragedy

Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 2 Samuel 12:20

After David found out that Bathsheba had become pregnant by him, he had her husband killed. Although this was done in secret, God knew and sent Nathan, a prophet, to him to confront him about it. God chose to take the child’s life. While the child was sick, David prayed and fasted, hoping God would relent from taking the child’s life. Once the child had died, David did not spend time mourning the loss of the child, but got up and started eating and worshiping God again.

Tragedy is something that hits people very hard. Loss of a loved one, extreme illness, loss of a job, loss of a part of the body, or one of many other things in life that are hard-hitting. It is very difficult when tragedy hits a person.

Most people begin a time of mourning and weeping at the loss or the tragedy. It is very common for people to go into a time of depression and blaming God for what had happened. Some will even walk away from God because of the tragedy.

Once David’s son had died, he realized there was nothing more that could be done. He cleaned up and went to the temple to worship God. He trusted God’s choice in taking his son’s life. David was willing to worship God, despite the tragedy, and then move on with life.

Staying in depression will not solve or change anything, but keep one miserable.

You may be going through a great tragedy now, or have gone through one in the past. Focus your life on God’s love, mercy, and control. Trust that God knows what He is doing and allowing. Do not get angry with God, but worship Him in spite of the tragedy. Then move on with life.

God has given you the gift of life, don’t waste it in depression about a tragedy in life.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust all that God is doing in your life; that God will strengthen you in a tragedy; and that you will lean on God for strength.

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2 Samuel 11:2 Wandering Eyes

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 2 Samuel 11:2 

David had sent his army out to war, but chose not to go himself. One night he got up to walk around some and saw a woman taking a bath. He was told that she was Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. He sent someone to go and get her and he had sex with her that night and got her pregnant.

David had made two mistakes in what he did. First, he did not go to battle with his army. Second, he let his eyes wander and look at what was not his to look at. Both of these led to his third mistake of having sex with her.

When a person is not doing what he is supposed to be doing, temptations will rise very quickly. It allows a person’s eyes and thoughts to wander into places they should not be. Once the eyes start to wander, it becomes very easy to give into temptation to do things that should not be done.

The problem still occurs to this day. It is very common to see pornographic pictures or movies and think it is acceptable. Others will even go into establishments to see nude women. Many of these things occur even among Christian men and women.

Jesus took the idea of looking at someone even further. He said that if you lust for someone in your heart or eyes, you have already sinned.

To prevent these things from happening, you must keep your focus on what God wants you to be doing. If you are working for God, you will not have time to let your eyes and thoughts wander.

Working for God can be praise, prayer, reading the Bible, witnessing, or doing some ministry.

Where are your eyes today?

Are they wandering?

Or are they focused on God and the things of God?

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes from wandering; that you will turn your eyes from all sin; and that God will help you change old habits.