Today’s Scripture: And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. 2 Samuel 11:1

Sometimes when we neglect to do what we know is right, it starts a chain reaction that leads to worse things. David was the commander-in-chief who at other times had gone out to battle with his troops. This time he stayed behind at his palace. There was a woman bathing on a nearby rooftop. David was the king who had power, authority, and everything that he could ever need or want, and yet he still wanted her. She was not his; she was another man’s wife. Not going out to battle led to this moment of temptation.

Remember that temptation in and of itself is not sin. It becomes sin when we move forward and act upon the temptation. That is why we need to be in church and read the Bible. We need to study, grow, and learn how to deal with those temptations when they come. We cannot fight them on our own; we need God’s power. We must yield to that power.

David took Bathsheba and committed adultery, which resulted in her becoming pregnant. That is what happens with sin – it will always be discovered. Now, he had a problem. The right thing to do would have been to immediately confess to the Lord and those he had harmed.

However, in trying to cover up his sin of adultery, David also committed murder when he had Bathsheba’s husband sent into a part of the battle where he would certainly be killed. David thought he had successfully covered up his sin, but for the next several months, he had to live with the guilt of knowing what he had done.

Believer, don’t ever think that you have gotten away with sin. God sees, God knows, and He will deal with it in His time. If you are living under the guilt of unconfessed sin, confess it today and get right with God.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.