One evening David got up from his bed and strolled around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing — a very beautiful woman.
2 Samuel 11:27
When the time of mourning ended, David had her brought to his house. She became his wife and bore him a son. However, the Lord considered what David had done to be evil.
Sexual temptation, especially of the visual sort, simply never goes away for a man. To see a beautiful woman with little or no clothing is to be tempted. Frankly, clothed or not, the temptation is there. Our imaginations easily run away with our mind. Acting on such temptation leaves only personal destruction in its path even the personal destruction of innocent individuals. It is heartbreaking and simply evil.
I always hate this story because it so clearly shows that even ‘the man after God’s own heart’ was not only susceptible to sexual temptation but was even capable of succumbing to it – and did. The combination of sexual temptation and power overtook this man of God. He gave in. Ugh! This one evil act led to lifelong consequences for David, his family, Bathsheba and all of Israel. It led to life ending consequences for Uriah. When you combine the allure of sexual temptation with the power to fulfill any temptation, you have nothing short of a recipe for disaster.
No man is above sexual temptation or misplaced affection. We can make a thousand excuses for justifying either or both, yet we must never submit. Never. The consequences of such a decision are deadly. The man of God must run from sexual temptation of all sorts lest he find himself in its clutches by his own doing. This is especially applicable to the mature man who has been blessed by God with wealth and authority. He must be more dedicated to his Father than to his flesh. It requires lifelong vigilance.
Submit yourselves to the will of God not to the allure of the flesh. What more need be said?