Later, when Bathsheba discovered that she was pregnant, she sent David a message, saying, “I’m pregnant.” —II Samuel 11:5

A crisis pregnancy… What would she do? She sent a communication to the father and told David she was pregnant. The illicit sexual rendezvous did not end with the lustful plan of action being carried out that night. No, now their adulterous affair was complicated with Bathsheba being pregnant. This was not what David had planned. She had no plans to abort the child. David would have to come up with an alternative plan.

David called Bathsheba’s husband Uriah back from the front lines with the seemingly intent of knowing how the battle was going. Instead though he sought to manipulate Uriah to go home so he would have sexual relations with his wife and then they could just make it look like the child was his and not David’s. But Uriah was a faith servant of David and he would not leave the other soldiers. He could not do this while others were on the Battlefield. So David devised another plan— he would get Uriah drunk and then encourage him to go to be with his wife. But this did not work either. Finally, David sent Uriah back to the battle with a letter to Commander Joab. The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed” (II Samuel 11:15). Uriah carried his death sentence and he was innocent from any wrong-doing. No, instead he was faithful to David… faithful to David and David was not faithful to him!

Uriah did die just as David planned. A crisis pregnancy millions of times today has ended in the death of the child. But with David it included killing an innocent man because of the inconvenience. The child from the adulterous affair would also die shortly after birth as a judgment from God on the adulterous couple.

David’s lust sought to have a hidden affair, but all is in the open before God. Nothing is hidden from Him and David’s sin was found out “and you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). Never forget that lust brings about ungodly thoughts and behavior. Love brings about godly thoughts and behavior. The world gets love and lust mixed up all the time. Fellow follower of Jesus, may we have a proper perspective on love and lust and beware of lust!

Dear Father, may my thoughts and actions bring glory to Your Name. May it be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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