When one ascends to the top of the heap, when one attains a certain position of power, then temptation to abuse that power can be great. The desire for more and the lure of greed often drive the poor choices that people in authority make. From politicians to star athletes to celebrities to CEOs of companies, the list of offenders is long. As is the list of victims.
David was like one of these men. Powerful leader chosen by God Himself to lead Israel. Victory in all he does, adored by the people. So as the army heads off to war, David chooses to stay home. Mistake 1. As he strolls the roof of the palace he sees a beautiful woman bathing. Instead of turning away, he allows his eyes to linger. Mistake 2. He sends for her. #3! It all goes downhill from there and David falls from grace.
None of us is in a position of power quite like David. Yet none of us is immune because power is a relative thing. There is usually someone else one rung down on the ladder. The choice is to remain true to our faith and to be righteous in all we do begins early on in the thought process. Those first few thoughts is often where the choice is really made. It does not take too many poor choices to find oneself in a bad spot.
Good choices are rooted in good practices. By reading His word daily, by confessing our sins daily, by drawing near in regular worship, by being in an accountability group – all are ways we gain strength to make the right choice. And we must also remember, a poor first choice does not have to lead to a poor second choice. Temptation is real, but so is the voice of the Holy Spirit. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.
Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 11: 1-5