I wonder what was going through David’s mind with the story of Bathsheba. I’m not really pointing fingers but merely being aware of moments we shun the Holy Spirit when He’s clearly communicating. We know what we are doing is wrong and we continue to yield because it’s too pleasing to the flesh. There’s the lingering illusion that assures us we will get away with the thought or deed. Meanwhile we continue to hope the trumpet won’t sound, we even watch out and say a prayer.
It happened to me last weekend when I had organized a weekend getaway with a group of colleagues. I felt obliged to please them as the organizer. I kept praying “Lord please let them love the place, the experience”. It was down at the Coast hence no questioning the length of my dress. They were quite persuasive and i tagged along to the club. I ended up leaving a few minutes later at the thought of the trumpet sounding. No kidding.
Two things came to mind:
- The struggle we have to please people.
We all have this inherent need of love and approval. We’ve got this habit of serving visitors food in plates we occasionally don’t use. They get the stainless steel, we get whatever is available. We bring out the white towels and let them rest their feet on the couch. After a day or two it gets really difficult to maintain the special treatment and they become a burden. There’s only so much we can do to please people. Eventually it will get old for them and unbearable for us. We’ve got to find peace in getting the hate and realize it’s the way the world works. It’s nothing personal.
- The things we do prior to temptations.
In all honesty, if I could see my Analytics page on my Christian walk this year I’d run. I have had less time with God compared to the internet. Sometimes the blessings we seek and receive hurt us. My new job has kept me on my toes and less at the feet of Jesus. The habits I’ve cultured have consumed me. My phone has had endless scrolls than the pages I’ve turned on my Bible. It’s been a strained season spiritually and this has been a recipe for lots of double standards. I’ve laughed at sinful conversations before I’ve wallowed in the same.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers…
Well, I brought my own chair and took a spot next to the fire.
It got me to the club and maybe in God’s perspective that’s not the worst that happened. I forgot that there really is No Grey area. Just black or white. Right or wrong. Cause and Effect.
What to do?
- Switch off my phone Wi-Fi and data.
- Get back to the word.
Those are my baby steps.