Article No. 0765

The Danger Of
Going From

“One evening David was strolling around
On the roof of the palace
When he saw a very beautiful woman bathing.”

2 Samuel 11:2
(Paraphrased and condensed)

Glance2Gaze The story of King David’s affair with Bathsheba started when three things came into alignment.

Instead of being in his appointed place and leading his armies that were engaging an enemy, David elected to stay back in the comfort of his palace. One night while on a casual walk upon the roof overlooking the city he happened to glance down and saw a woman bathing. This implies of course that she was naked, but instead of respecting her privacy and turning his eyes away he instead intently gazed at her beauty. In doing so, this story teaches three important lessons on how turning a GLANCE into a GAZE can quickly lead to temptation and sin.

First, whenever you are in a situation where temptation is possible, It Will Always End In Setting Yourself Up For A FALL.

For example, purposely going into a worldly night club or wandering onto a web page with salacious pictures or entering into any place that you should not be are situations ripe for falling into temptation. Like David, instead of being in a place where he should have been, he placed himself in a place he shouldn’t have been!

Second, while he had a chance to avert his glance away from her he, (third) chose to GAZE upon her which led to temptation and an even greater sin.

Today (and especially on-line) we are continuously subjected to pictures and 'click-bait' links that appeal to our lower nature, and even when out and about or watching TV it’s easy to turn from a general GLANCE to a glaring GAZE at something or someone that we should not be looking at.

Friend, make a conscious decision that when you see ANYTHING that is not honoring to a life of faith and obedience to AVERT and LOOK AWAY. In so doing, Jesus promises us for those that do that “Keep the word of His patience, that He will also keep you from the hour of temptation.” (Revelation 3:10)


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