Wrong Place + Wrong Time
2Samuel 11:1 – It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah.
But David remained at Jerusalem.
2Samuel 11:2 – Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
David spotted Bathsheba from the rooftop because he was at home when he should not have been. This is a prime example of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I think its safe to say that by not going to war David was disobeying God. Perhaps it was a cultural expectation or perhaps it was his automatic duty to go to war with his troops (did Kings ever not go?) but either way the statement in verse 1 is there for a reason. David should not have been away at war, if he were a lot of sin and problems would have been avoided. Jonah also ran from God’s calling on his life, he was told to go to Nineveh yet he rebelled and actually sailed the opposite direction! We all know what happened as a result of that.
When God tells us to go somewhere (mission trip, school, friends house) we need to obey, for our own good. He knows best! The Spirit of God may also have told you not to go on a certain trip, to school, or a friends house in which case we should also obey Him. When you aren’t where God wants you to be you will encounter temptations that could have been easily avoided. The further we move from God’s will the deeper we trek in to the enemies territory. Ask yourself this simple “Is it wise?” -Will hanging out with this group of friends, going here, or doing this be a healthy environment for me as a Christian? Can I glorify God there, can I resist temptation there? These should be regular questions you challenge yourself with daily.
Decisions that lead to addictions happened because the person was in the wrong place at the wrong time. You could even say that you are avoiding God’s will when you simply disobey the scriptures. You may not be running away from God’s calling on your life like Jonah but not forgiving your parent is still against God’s will, as is stealing, jealousy, lust, or gossip etc.
Avoiding The Warnings
2Samuel 11:3 – So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”
2Samuel 11:4 – Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
If David were tried in court for his adultery and murder or Uriah he could not say either of the following statements “I did not know she was married”, “I did not know I was married”, “We were deeply in love”, “She seduced me”, “I did not know it was a sin”, or “I did not know Uriah would be killed”. He had no excuse! Today so many people blow off sexual sin with “we were so in love”. This is a terrible excuse especially when the people really weren’t in love at all but were in lust. David however could not use this excuse either, he saw her, knew nothing of her, and then had sex with her.