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Caught Looking

2 Samuel 11:2-3

Verse 2 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,

Seeing David on his bed in the evening shows the funk we talked about him being in during our time together yesterday. He wasn’t in bed because it was late at night and he was struggling to sleep, he may have just been showing laziness but the fact that he went out on the roof for some fresh air speaks more of a man who is depressed or feeling out of sorts.

David had thought he had it all. He was living large, a far cry from his time in the fields with the sheep, but he wasn’t finding it as fulfilling as he had thought he would. Nothing seemed to be satisfying him. He had conquered most of the nations God had told the people of Israel to remove so they could fully inhabit the land the Lord had given them. He had beautiful wives as well as daughters and sons, but they weren’t bringing him satisfaction either. He had great power and was feared by many but that just didn’t seem like enough.

That’s when he saw her. Hubba-hubba! What a looker! And from his vantage point he was able to see the fullness of her beauty. Had he seen her and looked away quickly, asking God to remove the image from his mind, he would have been further ahead in removing himself from his funk. But instead of correcting his focus by looking to the Lord, he decided to continue admiring her and each moment drew him deeper and deeper into the sin.

The more he looked at her the more he liked her and the more he liked what he saw the more he needed to know about her. For the first time in days he is showing some ambition. He has a growing desire to know as much about this woman as possible. He has no shame and has soon enlisted the help of someone waiting on him. Causing another to get involved in his growing act of sin.

The man would have had to look at who he was talking about to know for sure who she was but the servant only looked for an identification and didn’t continue staring as David was doing. He quickly identifies the lady by telling David that she was the daughter of one of his best fighting men and the wife of another of his warriors. The man was probably hoping that David would hear that she was married and realize what he was doing was wrong, but David was not wanting to stop the sin yet.

Making It Personal

Have you ever sinned and knew you it but didn’t repent because you were liking your sin too much? What could have helped you choose to stop sinning? What sin do you need to repent of today?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you ever do something you know you shouldn’t? Why do you keep doing it? Would you keep doing it if you remembered that Jesus knew you were doing wrong?

Closing Prayer

Father, we confess there are many times that we do something we know we shouldn’t. Help us, through Your Holy Spirit’s conviction, to quickly repent when we sin. Give us great distaste for sin and give us an ever growing hunger for holiness. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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