Today we cover number 4 on the list of the big 7 – lust. When the word lust is thrown out the first thing that people often think about is that 3 little word that rhymes with “hex.”
And true, the word that rhymes with “hex” is probably the biggest manifestation of lust, but lust is an intense desire – for money, and object or a person. One of the best Bible stories showing the destruction brought about by the sin of lust is that of King David and Bathsheba. King David was apparently a pretty handsome guy and a rugged soldier. He was a true man of God, but David got a little too puffed up in the chest and thought he was all that. He was the king by golly and he figured he could do whatever he wanted because – well, he was the king.
One day he saw a beautiful woman bathing on a nearby rooftop. Instead of doing what the Bible advises us to do, “FLEE from sexual immorality,” (1 Corinthians 6:18) he didn’t. He watched her, and soon his eyes betrayed him and handed him over to lust. As if the thoughts and feelings weren’t bad enough, when he found out she was married to a soldier King David had the soldier shoved to the front of the battle where he would surely be killed so that he could have Bathsheba all to himself. The soldier Uriah was killed, and David got what he wanted (or so he thought). Yep, David got what he thought would make him happy. “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.” (2 Samuel 11:27)
The prophet Nathan knew what David did and why he did it. Nathan cleverly tricked David into convicting himself by telling him a bogus story of a rich man stealing the one little sheep of a poor man and asking him what they should do about it.
“David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, the man you did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.’” (2 Samuel 12:5-6)
Uh oh, David. Here it comes. “Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!'” (2 Samuel 12:7) And Nathan didn’t mean “You DA man,” he meant “You’re the man in big trouble.” David would pay the price for his lust in a very convincing way.
God took David’s wives and gave them to other men – in broad daylight. And even worse, the child that Bathsheba bore to David died after a seven day illness.
The problem with lust is so far reaching. People who engage in lustful conduct and relationships are stepping outside Biblical standards and they just never see the train wreck coming. They don’t see the devastated spouses, the confused children, the lost friendships steamrolling down the track of destruction, all stemming from their refusal to flee from temptation.
I hate even writing about lust because I have teenagers. I’d rather be sitting in my lawn chair in the driveway watching my grade schooler use oversized colorful chalk to doodle on my driveway and my toddler roll his construction toys through the dirt.
But I’m in my 40’s and my children are in college and high school. So even though I’d rather just pretend my children aren’t at that age to know what lust is, I can’t. Because they are. And part of my job as their momma is not only to explain what it is but to also show them real life consequences of lustful choices.
But hey, let’s not end on a downer. Here’s a little more of the story:
“Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘The Lord has taken away your sin.’” (2 Samuel 12:13)
We all have the opportunity to receive forgiveness, whatever sin we have committed. So let’s learn 2 lessons from King David. First, don’t lust but if you do FLEE from the temptation. And second, when you do sin, acknowledge it, take ownership of it, repent for it and receive true forgiveness and freedom.
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