2 Samuel 11:26-27 26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.
Unchecked sin can get out of control pretty fast. Just ask David. He did things that I bet he would never have even imagined doing. He cracked the door open for sin and things just went downhill from there. It starts out subtle, of course. I mean, what’s the big deal with watching a woman who is not your wife take a bath? Well, okay – that’s actually not that minor of an infraction. But in light of everything else that came next, looking at a naked lady was like driving 1 mile over the speed limit.
What came next is horrific. What came next was a superhighway of yuck all started by an “innocent”
look. It’s not like he was up on the roof looking for bathing ladies. He was just minding his own business and there she was. How could he not look? If he had only been aware that small sin grows into giant destruction, maybe he would have looked away. But he didn’t. And sin grew up (as Paul puts it) and gave birth to death.
First, he slept with her. She got pregnant. Then he brought her husband, Uriah, home from war and tried to get him to sleep with her in order to cover up his sin. Her husband was loyal to God and to his country and wouldn’t do it. So he gets Uriah drunk in order to get him to sleep with his wife, but no luck. Then he has Uriah killed. He went from a luster to a murder in a very short span of time.
Such is the danger of unchecked sin in our lives. An innocent look leads to adultery. Just one drink leads to flirting with death. 2 Samuel 11 concludes with this statement: the thing David had done displeased the Lord. What thing is that referring to? I believe it was the lust, the adultery, the lying, the deceiving, and the murder. All of it displeased God. David, a someone who was described as a man after God’s heart, chased the heart of his flesh rather than the heart of God. Anytime that happens, we should be prepared for life to fall apart. If we will just focus our eyes, our minds, and our hearts on God – we will avoid this downward spiral that David experienced. And we will find life and fulfillment not in our sinful desires, but in the presence and peace of our God.