Posted by: peebles | July 23, 2010

2 Samuel 11:2 (NIV) ~ 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.

2 Samuel 11:2 (NIV) ~ 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.

What do we covet? We covet what we see. The whole chapter is one bad decision after another. Ten times David sinned, and he even asked his friend to help him in his sinful ways. First of all, when kings went off to war, David stayed at home, then he lay in bed until evening, after which he go up and looked at a woman who was not his wife and then lay with her.

He was at the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the wrong thing. Adultery can start with someone being at the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, looking at someone, at a man or woman, while he or is she is married, or that the person they are looking at, with eyes full of lust, is married.  David even had his friend Joab help him try and cover up his sin. David let himself be seduced by lingering in a very compromising position. At any given moment, he could have walked away, rather than let his eyes look upon a woman bathing, who was a wife of another man who served in his army.

David could have turned away and looked the other way, but he never did. One lie after another, one sin after another sin, and so David descended on a downward spiral. Laziness, complacency, lustfulness, adultery, lying, murder and trying to hide his sin before the LORD, led David away from the Lord. David was not dragged away, but he was led away on the leash by the sin of adultery. When you do sin like this, the trust your husband or wife once had in you is smashed to pieces. Only God can truly rebuild your shattered lives, if there is true repentance and forgiveness.

Do not be deceived, when you start to sin, if you do not repent before the Lord, you will find that you will try and cover over your sin with one lie after another. Sin destroys lives! The sin of adultery will destroy your integrity, it will tear your testimony to shreds, it will cast you down with guilt trips, mood swings and try to destroy your relationship with the Lord. The Bible says of Joseph, in Genesis 39:12 (NIV), “She caught him by his cloak and said, ‘Come to bed with me!’ But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” Run far away from the arm of adultery that tries to catch you in its web of evil deceit. Better a fence at the top of the cliff than an ambulance at the bottom.

Later, when Nathan the prophet of the Lord came to David, all his sinfulness, which he thought he had covered over, was laid open before him, and he was exposed. You may think to yourself, “No one sees me,” or “I have a good friend who will lie for me and help cover over my tracks.” But God sees your lies, your deceitfulness and your adulterous ways. Be sure your sins will find you out.

David repented before the Lord with these words from Psalm 51:6-14 (NIV), “Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O 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.”

My friend, do not be deceived, adultery will cut at the very core of your family with the hot knife from hell searing your heart, which once was steadfast with honour and integrity, but now stands to lose everything you once loved. Repent and turn to the Lord, ask his strength to help you turn away and not look with the eyes of lust upon someone who you know you should not be looking at.  The Bible says in Job 31:1 (NIV), “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.” If we sin, there is forgiveness before the Lord, but we must repent and show fruits of repentance, then begin again with walking before the Lord in truth, integrity, honour and holiness. God is a God of new beginnings, a God of restoration and a new hope.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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