Get Off the Roof and Get to Work

Ericka Loynes

Read: 2 Samuel 11

It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing. (v. 2)

Dropped. Fired. Resigned. Retired. If you’ve been watching television or checking social media, you know these words describe the recent demise of high-powered people who abused their authority. News outlets have reported on hundreds of allegations made by people who are suffering from immoral acts forced upon them. No one has been shielded from this exposure. As the saying goes, “The higher you are, the harder you fall.”

In today’s passage, King David should be with his army. However, we find him on the roof of his home when he spots Bathsheba bathing. After learning that she is married, he should have resisted the temptation to pursue her. Instead, he sleeps with her, impregnates her, plans her husband’s murder, marries her, and moves on with his life. God uses the prophet Nathan to expose David. Taking responsibility for his actions, David immediately repents, confesses, and restores his relationship with God (2 Sam. 12:1-15; Psalm 51).

When God blesses us to have a position of authority, we must guard our hearts and minds against temptations. We must surround ourselves with godly men and women who will be God’s voice, like Nathan was for David, and challenge us when we are not where we are supposed to be. —Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. May our lives glorify you.