“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time!”
Heard that before?!? Maybe it was you that was there. If you were, you probably saw me there, too! I bet your mama told you about the danger of that just like mine did, and I’ve definitely had this same conversation with my 2 teenagers many times! So why don’t we listen and apply this to our adult lives? It just seems so simple.
Today, we’re looking at this key element of sin through the example of David and Bathsheba. You can definitely say that this was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time!
Go ahead and reread 2 Samuel 11:1-3 Yesterday, we examined the importance of knowing your sin tendencies. We’ll use this same passage today for a second lesson on avoiding sin traps.
1. Where were kings supposed to be during this season? Where was David?
2. Why do you think David might have stayed behind?
3. Would this moment of temptation have taken place this way had David been where he was supposed to be?
David was absolutely a human, and he got tired - most likely he was very weary. We all need a break for sure! His motive most likely wasn't terrible. Whatever his reasoning was for staying behind, whether good or bad, it opened the door to temptation that he was unprepared to fight off.
Now, as for Bathsheba’s whereabouts... I personally can’t imagine bathing on the roof, but that wasn’t all that uncommon in these days. Did she choose this exposed place as an opportunity to flaunt? The Bible is unclear, and we can speculate... but the point here is that David was where he wasn’t supposed to be, and his weakness for women pulled him under.
CONNECT: We each have a wrong place and a wrong time. You know yours, and I know mine. Let me give you a peak into my fragile heart:
TJMaxx. Don’t laugh! If I go in, I’m gonna buy even when I shouldn’t be spending!
Circles of moms at sporting events. I’m sorry if you’re sitting with them, but my heart and mouth join into gossip TOO quickly.
Social media pages of certain people. They lead me to discontentment and bitterness. Can we say “unfollow?!” Yes, please.
What’s yours? It’s not necessarily a bad place, it’s just not beneficial to you. It’s a wrong place for your fragile heart. Just recall a time when you’ve been there and fell into temptation to sin - again. Your friend was fine, but you weren’t. Mmhmm, wrong place.
This isn’t the call to make a list for Facebook of “wrong” places. That’s religious legalism. Rather, it’s a call to make this list for yourself according to what the Lord has convicted you about in your heart. God set us free from the law by sending his son Jesus, but when we misuse this freedom, we become enslaved again to the very sin we have just allowed into our lives. We must guard our hearts and our steps according to the wisdom that God has granted us through His Word and the Holy Spirit within us.
Yep! Mama was and is still right!!
TRUTHS FOR TODAY:
“Everything is permissible for me," but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me," but I will not be mastered by anything.“
-1 Corinthians 6:12
“Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
- 1 Corinthians 10:12-13