For today’s Wednesday Devotional, we will skip over 1 Samuel and move on to 2 Samuel. Last week we talked about Ruth and how God redeemed her and us too! Today, we are going to look at 2 Samuel to see how it can teach us to diminish sin in our lives. I would love to hear anything you have to share in the comments too, and I will see you again next Wednesday for another devotional as we journey through the Old Testament.
David was a man who devoted the majority of his life to serving the Lord, and he even wrote songs praising God. However, he still fell victim to sin because evil Satan went hard after David where he knew he could creep in and tempt David. We can even see the warning signs in David’s life-multiples wives and even more concubines. Women were his weakness.
So even though David loved God and tried to follow hard after him, he had sin in his life, and he did not try to appropriately diminish sin he struggled with. Instead of dealing with his lust head on, he would just add another wife and go about his life.
We too must remember we must constantly be reminding ourselves check our sin too. In the same way, we need to determine our pitfalls and run to the Bible as a guide to keep them from being a target on our back. Ask yourself: What does the Bible say about our actions? How does it address the sin we are dealing with? We have to remember we will all fall prey to sin, but we must fight to keep ourselves pure.
In the story of Bathsheba, David, at first, innocently caught a glimpse of a woman bathing on her roof. Instead of quickly turning away to diminish sin filled thoughts, he became intrigued, curious. His peeked interest gave way to action, and sin became his downfall.
2 Samuel 11:2-5 says, “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; and the woman was very beautiful. And David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, ‘Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ So David sent messengers and took her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she had been purifying herself from her uncleanness.) Then she returned to her house. And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant.'”
What It Tells Us About How to Diminish Sin:
The moral of the story here is to make sure you are dealing with your sin to protect yourself from Satan’s schemes and advances to bring you down. If you are tempted, then fight it however you can to safety guard yourself from becoming a causality of Satan’s evil plans. When you do sin, flee from it as quickly as you possibly can and repent to our grace-filled God.
Here are some practical defense mechanisms to diminish sin and keep it from becoming a stronghold in your life:
Check Yo’ Self
David was also a very successful man. He was a warrior and championed military leader, so he had power most will never achieve. He also led his nation to a place of spiritual soundness, which they had not had in a long time. Even if no one else was, Satan was keeping score of his accomplishments! King David was on top of the world, and Satan knew it. Then, Satan twisted and bended and used it against David. He is sickeningly good at this maneuver. My goodness, doesn’t he do this same thing to us too? He waits for us to get in a good, comfortable place. Then, Bam! He sucker punches us right where it hurts! For this reason, I want to remind you to make sure to check your pride often. If you become successful in anything, realistically analyze your mindset and outlook often. Weigh it against the Bible and stay grounded in God’s Word.
With David’s kind of power, often comes a lack of accountability. When you are at the top, who do you answer to? As a result, always make sure you have someone who can and will hold you accountable.
Don’t Be Idle
Seems like many people in influential positions, David pretty much got what he wanted, whenever he wanted it, most likely how he wanted it. These situations also allow a big, open target for Satan to attack. Just as Proverbs 16:27 says, “Idle hands are Satan’s workshop…”, so is sitting passively on the sidelines in this battle. It will only result in your own downfall to sinful behaviors. Make sure you are actively investing in your relationship with God and not overly indulging in the things of this world. Be proactive in your relationship with God and not reactive.
God, thank You for Your protection in our lives. Allow me to remember to always run to you and to seek Your Word constantly. Place someone in my life who will not be afraid to hold me accountable. Constantly remind me of my sin and help me to quickly flee from temptation. I love You, God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What do you need to do today to diminish sin in your life?