Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against thew schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11, ESV)
There are so many things that will divert our attention away from the place where it needs to be. With the rapid transition that takes place everyday at an alarming rate, it is difficult to stay focused on anything of substance. In the life of the committed believer, there is a battle to draw our minds away from what it should be focused on to something that takes us away from the will of God. If we succumb to the devices that seek to divert our attention, it can and will cause us to experience problems.
King David is a prime example of succumbing to the destructive devices that brought great grief not only to him, but to his family also. Idleness can be a distraction because we are not actively involved with that which keeps us focused. King David was idle; 2 Samuel 1:1 records, “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel. And they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. Verse 2 shows Satan seized the opportunity to distract David. It says, “It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.”
I know that King David did not have to go out to battle, but kings always led out in battle. And by him not going gave opportunity for something to happen that brought about great disaster; and I truly believe that he just wanted to take a break. Satan took hold of the opportunity to divert David’s attention and point it toward Bathsheba. Notice what the text says about Bathsheba, “…the woman was very beautiful.” David had a great attraction for beautiful women. That’s all it took to get David to keep gazing at her, which then led him to inquire as to who she was. Once he was told that she was the wife of Uriah the Hittite, he did not care. He sent for her and then He laid with her. David should have gone back into his house, but he didn’t. One does not have to go out looking for trouble to get into; our attention can be altered just a small amount, and when we turn to see what it is, and remain, we can bring hardship unto ourselves because of our lack of restraint. Because of the fact that we still have unredeemed flesh, we can be enticed to go astray.
James 1:13-15 (ESV) expounds on this situation:
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one. (14) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (15) The desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
The master plan of the enemy is to cause us to be distracted away from living and doing what is right; away from living a life that is pleasing to God. The enemy studies us to see what our tendencies are and then he seeks to parade those things in front of us in order to make us take the bait. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that we remain armed and ready for battle. We must at all times be alert and aware that we are in a spiritual battle. Our chief responsibility is to stay obedient to the will of God and to have our armor on at all times. 1 Peter 5:8-9 commands us to “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (9) Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”
Your servant in Christ,