What Is Your Bathsheba?

“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.” Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. Then she went back home.” (2 Samuel 11:2-4).

Are you familiar with this story? King David slept with his top soldier’s wife whilst he was away in battle. David sent her back home and later found out she was pregnant. This act ultimately led King David to murder his soldier and her husband.
From this narrative, I’d like to highlight what David did not do when he was faced with temptation. Here’s a short list: He didn’t pray, he didn’t guard his eyes or guard his heart. David was a soldier, a warrior, but he didn’t put on his spiritual armour for daily battle. He left himself exposed for the enemy to attack and conquer.
Today, reflect on how many mornings of yours resemble that of David’s. What is your Bathsheba? Maybe it’s porn, alcohol, a co-worker, a church member, or a lying tongue… Only you know. However, I know this… we cannot afford to start our days off unarmed. Let’s make a pact to honour God with the first of our mornings. Honour him with daily prayer and dependence by putting on his armour; morning prayer, like breakfast, is the most important part of our day as christians.
Let’s Pray
Yahweh, thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your forgiveness. Gifted to every one of us who have sinned in the most aweful way, for every time we have given in to a Bathsheba or done something that has displeased you. Lord, we give our heart to you to cleanse it and make it whole. Please renew our minds. We cannot do it ourselves, so we thank you for your strength. Now teach us how to use this strength daily, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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