Christians claim to have what the world is desperately seeking. That makes them jealous sometime. Because of our faith we understand that life is infused with meaning and purpose, and that each of us has a specific reason to live. We are not just another species of animal placed on the earth to live, breathe, eat, and die. The Master Architect has designed us for his purpose and if we chose to seek Him, He will reveal that purpose piece by piece throughout our lives (Isa. 46:9, 10). This allows us to live a life of purpose and meaning, which so many are seeking. One of the biggest dangers to realizing our full purpose and potential is that we will get distracted.
David had it all. He had the good looks (1 Sam. 16:12). He was young and courageous, able to defeat giants that left others trembling (1 Sam. 17:37). He had friends in high places (1 Sam. 18:1), married the king’s daughter (1 Sam. 18:22), and had a very successful military career. He was a “man after God’s own heart” and became the king of Israel. Life was not always easy, but he had it pretty good until one day he got distracted. It was the woman on the roof.
David was awake one evening and took a stroll on the roof top of his palace residence on top of Mt. Zion (1 Sam 11:1-17). He could see the other roof tops from his vantage point and saw something beautiful that caught his attention – the figure of a woman bathing at night in the privacy of her own roof top residence. He was taken by her beauty—he had to have her though she was the wife of another. This desire led to adultery and murder. It led to the death of an innocent child conceived by his lover and problems in his household that would never depart though out his lifetime (1 Sam. 12:9-16). All this because David was distracted in a moment of weakness. Read the rest of this entry »