Tuesday, December 19- 2 Samuel 11:2-5
Now at evening time David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent servants and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” Then David sent messengers and had her brought, and when she came to him, he slept with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. But the woman conceived; so she sent word and informed David, and said, “I am pregnant.”
A Christmas Carol is a classic story shared this time of year. The story is about Ebeneezer Scrooge, a bitter, cruel man who is confronted with the error of his ways. Throughout one night, he is forced to reflect on several different aspects of his life: past, present, and future. Each piece helps him take a step toward a better perspective and motivation to change his ways. The story reminds us that every person is shaped by his or her life for good or bad. David had a great track record. He was the shepherd boy who beat Goliath (1 Samuel 17); he was a king, a warrior, and a man after God’s own heart. But that track record did not mean he was perfect or exempt from struggle. This noble man, respected by all, had his own encounters with sin. Instead of living according to who God said he was, he made decisions according to his own pleasure and desires.
Romans 8:12-15 says, “So then, brothers and sisters, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons and daughters by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’” As followers of Jesus, we are freed from having to live according to the desires of our flesh and can live based on our identity in Christ, crying out to Him in even the most tempting moments.
- What does it look like to live according to the Spirit? What does it look like to live according to the flesh?
- When have you sinned in a way that affected the people around you? What was that like?
- Pray and repent for any sin you are struggling with.