Yesterday, a close friend shared the living hell in his marriage, and the constant pressure he felt to seek companionship elsewhere. Over the years he has made a noble effort to salvage a tragic situation. But to no avail. Every instinct within me says, "Leave. You don't deserve this. Find someone who will love you and help you raise your children in a sane environment. Get a life!"
Then in my devotions this morning, I read of David's sin with Bathsheba. Amazingly, at that juncture, David was at the apex of his career: Powerful. Loved by his people. Magnanimous. And lounging instead of warring. (2 Samuel 9:1-10:1, 2a; chapter 11)
What really caught my eye in the narrative was the number of people affected by David's sin:
Perhaps a worthwhile exercise for us would be to jot down the names of the people who would be adversely affected if we were to fall into sin. Then we should ask the question as to whether the immediate gratification would be worth the long-term consequences? I rather doubt that it would! What do you think?
Michael Stanley, 55