Wednesday, April 26th
Devotional written by Pastor Curtis Johnson, Pastor of Adult Ministries
THE SEQUENCE OF SIN
One evening, David got up from his bed and walked around 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, “Isn’t this 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. (She had purified herself from uncleanness.) Then she went back home. The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
2 Samuel 11:2-5
Satan chose this moment to bring upon the king of Israel a temptation that would cause him deep humiliation and disgrace. David tragically forgot that there was an enemy greater than men. Feeling himself strong and secure against his earthly enemies, intoxicated by his prosperity and success, while receiving accolades from men, Israel’s honored hero and saint was thrown off guard. The inner defenses of his soul had weakened until he yielded to a temptation that transformed him into a shameless sinner.
The sequence of sin – He saw. He inquired. He Participated.
Reflection: When we see temptation, failure, and sin, we are reminded of the words of James.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when full–grown, gives birth to death. James 1:13-15