Matthew 26:41 (NKJV) “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Question: Do you think that if somebody had warned King David, “Today you will be tested of the devil” that he might not of failed his tests and fallen in to such terrible sin? That if he had been “watchful” and “prayerful” he might not of fallen into the devil’s snare?
When David arose that cool spring evening (II Samuel 11:1-2 NIV) and took a stroll on his rooftop he was unaware that he, the King of Israel was about to be tempted. The adversary certainly was not about to alert him to the trap he had set, that his eyes were about to fall upon the naked body of a beautiful yet very married woman from his kingly rooftops. But that is just what happened. He was caught unaware by a temptation that tested his obedience to God when his guard was down. David, that is King David, failed this test miserably and fell into lust, right where the devil wanted him.
No one warned David that the devil was also going to tempt him to abuse his God-ordained powers as King of Israel: to have Bathsheba called to his bedchambers and fulfill the lust he had already in his heart. But the whisper from the deceiver came to David to carry out his lustful desires, tempting him again. David failed another test and was intimate with Bathsheba.
Nobody told David that the tempter would soon be back with the scandalous cover-up to hid the sin that he and Bathsheba had committed. Again the tempter whispered and again David failed, sinking deeper into sin by murdering Bathsheba’s husband Uriah.
Just like David, nobody is going to warn us that TODAY is the day you are going to have a great test! In fact these tests usually come when we are least expecting them and we are at our weakest. But God has warned us to be ready in His Word.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
This verse in Ephesians is just one of God’s many warnings that there is an “evil day” to come and we are expected to “stand” firm. It doesn’t say when it’s coming it just says be prepared, “put on the full armor of God”.
Guess who didn’t have their armor on? That’s right, King David! How do we know that? II Samuel 11:1 shows us that not only did King David not have on his physical armor but he didn’t have on his spiritual armor either.
2 Samuel 11:1 (NIV) “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”
This was stated to point out that King David was not where he was supposed to be to begin with. Instead of being out leading the army of the nation of Israel that God had given him, he “remained behind in Jerusalem”. He was shirking his responsibilities as leader of Israel, God’s chosen people. With his spiritual and his kingly armor literally off, his guard was down and satan seized the opportunity, pouncing with the temptation of Bathsheba. Failing this test David was bound by the guilt of his sin and refused to turn to God and repent. This left David like a sitting duck for the tempters next strike, and the next, and the next!
In this day and age of technological advancement we are bombarded with temptations on a moment-to-moment basis and need to be prepared to defend against such an onslaught. Through every type of media in the world today the adversary is at work attacking with temptation. TV, radio, magazines, DVDs, CDs, home computer screens, laptops and tablets, how about the ever present handheld personal computer that’s fully equipped with internet access at our finger tips called a cell phone? This device is available to anyone and everyone almost worldwide can turn into a window to every temptation known to man right in the palm of our own hands: sexual immorality, fornication, adultery, lust, pornography, riotous living and idolatry all available to us at a few taps of a touch screen. If David’s eyes fell upon temptation so easily in his mundane day and age, how much easier can our eyes fall upon temptation today? Coming in at a machine-gun, rapid fire pace, how much more ready for our tests should we be?
God wants and expects us to be ready to overcome these temptations. He gave us the example thru His Son Jesus Christ who endured and overcame all temptations with God’s laws in His living Word. Jesus knew God’s written Word and followed it’s teachings.
Isaiah 33:15 (NIV) “Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of murder and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—“
Temptations, tests and trials come at any time and we need to be ready for them. Do not get caught unprepared with your armor off like King David did. Read and obey God’s Word, He has given us the roadmap to live victorious.
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Ask yourself; will today be the day of my next test? Will I be ready? Will I pass the test? We certainly won’t if we are not prayed up and get caught with our armor off like King David. Stay prayed up and in God’s Word brothers and sisters, prepared for all tests and temptations at any time. We never know when they are coming, but they are coming, will you be ready?
D. W. Ojemann