Wow, David & Bathsheba! I don't feel at all qualified to write on a passage as big as this, but at the same time am amazed at God’s timing.
I have just started a Bible study (When Godly People Do Ungodly Things –Beth Moore) & I find it so interesting how the 2 tie together.
We have read, leading up to these passages, how David followed God’s leading faithfully & here, just like that, he messes it all up. And big time! One sin leads to another as he has to cover his tracks. How does this happen? Why?
Here's where my bible study comes in 😋. Speaking on how/why people who are so committed to God, but almost overnight can make the biggest mistake of their life & spiral from there. The reason is that Satan doesn't want God to have us & desperately wants us back. He hates to see us living victoriously for God & will deceive, seduce & do whatever is necessary to take over. Satan is out to destroy the testimony of the believer.
I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted & seduced from wholehearted & sincere & pure devotion to Christ.
2 Corinthians 11:3
What happened to David can happen to anyone. We need to be aware & vigilantly guarding ourselves against it.
David opened himself up for attack. By staying home instead of joining his men as they went off to war, by staying on the rooftop & entertaining temptations in his mind, he weakened himself. After this it snowballed from calling Bathsheba to his room to needing to cover his tracks.
We can guard ourselves by staying away from tempting people, places & situations. Asking God to guard our hearts, memorizing & focusing on scripture. And learning to follow what we know is truth rather than what we feel.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, & renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Thankfully God is always there to take us back.