When you’re in the moment of temptation, you don’t often stop to think beyond what is happening at that moment. All you can think about is that thing that is enticing you. I’d like to challenge you to think a little further ahead and examine how your choices affect others.
When David first spied Bathsheba taking a bath on a neighboring rooftop, I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about where his thoughts were leading, let alone to the eventual avalanche of pain that would come from his momentary “lapse”. His disobedience led to a chain of events that would harm many for a long time.
I’m sure David’s own lusts influenced his son, Amnon, who would rape his half-sister, Tamar. David’s son, Absalom, would take revenge for his sister, Tamar, and kill Amnon. Absalom would eventually lead a revolt against David’s flawed leadership. Perhaps the most graphic consequence came at the advice of David’s bitter former friend, Ahithophel (Bathsheba’s grandfather)…So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the top of the house, and Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. (2 Samuel 16:22)
I think it’s a healthy thing to take inventory of the things you struggle with. Look beyond that neighboring rooftop to see the consequences of your actions.