The king is bored. He has achieved more than his wildest imaginations. Beginning as the youngest son of shepherds, sleeping in the wild, growing up with sheep, he now lives in a palace with several wives and concubines. His army wins battle after battle. His kingdom grows ever larger. But somehow, he gets bored. Walking on the roof of his palace, he sees a beautiful woman. Her husband, whom he knows, is fighting for the king’s army. So the king takes her. One mistake leads to another, and the king eventually orchestrates her husband’s murder (2 Samuel 11).Then God sends judgment on the king, taking the life of the king’s son and bringing civil war to the king’s own family. How can a man of faith, a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), a man so blessed by God make such a critical mistake? Were the power, wealth, and physical pleasures not enough for him?
David’s sin is a reminder that no one is beyond temptation. His loss reminds us to guard our hearts and minds and always bend our desires to God’s will, thankful for the blessings we enjoy. This is why the New Testament reminds us to be content and guard against the constant yearning for more. “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Timothy 6:6). “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ (Hebrews 13:5). For every one of us, just like David, God’s blessings are more than enough. Make sure God’s enemies don’t use your desires to tempt you to turn your back on the source of your blessings.