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, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:2-3
Temptations are something that every person has to face. It is something that cannot be avoided. What a person does with that temptation, however, is a choice.
The world does not believe in sin, so they are willing to do anything and everything, every time an opportunity opens up the door. Most people will not think twice about doing something, regardless of what it is, when the door is opened for them.
David had stayed home from the battles and was out one evening looking around. From his roof he saw a woman bathing and she was beautiful. Immediately he sent to find out about her. This woman was Bathsheba. In the end he sleeps with her and she gets pregnant.
When David had seen her, he had a choice to make–to turn his eyes away or keep looking. He chose to keep looking and to find out who she was. Then he had another choice to make–to leave her alone or do something with her. Again, he chose the wrong path and slept with her, causing many problems.
Every believer meets up with temptations and choices to be made. Often, like David, believers will keep looking at the temptation, not immediately doing anything, but playing with the thought. As they hold onto those thoughts, the temptation gets stronger and the chance of making the right choice lessens. Many will then fall into the trap of sin.
Allowing the temptation to play in the mind, is allowing oneself to go to far. It allows the temptation to grow. This is with any temptation, not just sexual sins as David did.
There will come a time when a temptation rises up to face you. You will begin to have choices to make. You can continue to look at the temptation and allow it to rise in power. Or you can immediately turn away and flee the temptation.
The longer you look, the less likely you will make the choice. Do not allow yourself to go to far and make the wrong choice. Turn your eyes and thoughts onto God and seek His strength to overcome the temptation.
I pray today that you will keep your eyes on God; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you to make the right choices; that you will turn to God for strength; and that you will honor God with your life and choices.