“And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child…” (2 Sam. 11:5).
Living life in the Kingdom is sometimes not as easy as it may seem. There are many things to distract us on every side. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to helps us remain focused each day. We have to make every conscious effort to behave ourselves wisely in all we do (Eph. 5:15).
There is an old adage that says, “It takes a lifetime to build a good name, but only a few seconds to lose it”. As we focus on today’s study, we will see the truth which lies behind this saying. We will also see how a life can be turned upside down when we take even one small (seemingly harmless) step outside of the will of God.
Understanding The Text
In today’s text, we see how David’s life was forever changed after making one wrong decision. As mentioned in verse 1, David was out of position because he should have been on the battlefield with his troops. However, because he elected to remain in the rear, he unknowingly placed himself in a position that would cause him to set certain events into motion which would cause a domino effect in his life.
The text tells us how David allowed his fleshly passions to consume him to the point of violating two of God’s ten commandments (Ex. 20:14, 17). The problem herein lies with the fact that David’s actions were unwarranted because God provided him with everything he needed to successfully govern Israel. In other words, once David discovered the identity of the young woman, the appropriate action to take was to walk away in the other direction.
In walking away, David could have avoided the events which followed. God provided a way of escape for David in alerting him to the fact that she was another man’s wife. David ignored the red flags and warnings and pursued after the young woman. It was not enough to see the young woman. But he sent for her, took her and lay with her (v. 4).
In the next verse, we are told that “…the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, ‘I am with child…’” (v. 5). With these words, David’s life came tumbling down. Now, he is faced with a situation that would forever alter life in his kingdom. What is he going to do?
Why Is This Important For Us?
We often find ourselves in situations wherein we have been provided a way of escape, but we opt to continue on this path (1 Cor. 10:13). My grandfather once said, “The problem is not in seeing something that is not good for us the first time, it is when we circle the block to take another look.” We allow “…all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” to distract us away from following God’s plan for life in His Kingdom (1 Jn. 2:16). When we allow these things to distract us, we more than likely will engage in poor decision-making which will negatively affect our lives and the lives of others as well (2 Sam. 11-20).
Living life in God’s Kingdom may seem to be difficult. It, in fact, may be difficult if we choose to live apart from the direction and power of the Holy Spirit. We have a cunning enemy who will employ whatever method necessary to cause us to fail. But thanks be unto our God which always causes us to triumph in Christ. If we lean upon Him wholeheartedly, we will soon learn that it is not as difficult as the enemy would have us to believe. When we surrender our entire lives to God, we will learn how to live life in the Kingdom in the manner God designed us to live.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”