Athlete, David Wasn't Always Perfect

In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.

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. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant." - 2 Samuel 11:1-5

David has a pretty incredible highlight real in his life. He killed lions and bears to protect his sheep. He defeated Goliath to protect and preserve the nation of Israel. He was declared King of Israel at a young age and went on to defeat many of Israel's enemies. His highs were incredibly high. But the valleys in his life dipped lower than most could even imagine. In 2 Samuel 11:1-5, we see David do the unthinkable—he sleeps with another man's wife. The text doesn't say whether or not she was a willing participant but I think it's safe to assume she was not. David was the king and he took advantage of her.

How does this happen? How can someone that God calls "a man after my own heart" fall prey to such an evil act? (It actually gets even worse as David has Bathsheba's husband sent to the front lines in the battle to have him killed in an attempt to hide what David did.)

When someone or something captivates our attention more than God, we are susceptible to the unimaginable. David stopped living for an audience of one, if only for a moment, and it cost his family, Bathsheba, her husband, and the nation of Israel dearly.

What does this mean for the rest of us? Assuming you haven't slept with someone who is married and then had that person's spouse killed, what can we take away from this?

Here are a couple diagnotisc questions for you to wrestle with today:

- Who or what in your life has the most potential to take your eyes and focus off Jesus? Or to put it another way: what causes you to not live for an Audience of One?
- Have you talked about this with anyone? If not, what is stopping you from bringing it into the light?
- Who is one trustworthy person in your life you can talk to about this stuff?

God is worthy to be our Audience of One today! Let's keep our focus on him!

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