Matthew 7:24, 26 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock… But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”
God teaches us two lessons from David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba: one, great men sin greatly, as all people do, so be alert; and two, when things are going well, as they were for David, it’s tempting to relax your guard and indulge your desires. David should have been leading his army in battle. Instead, he stayed at home. When he was supposed to be busy involved in the battle, he was relaxing on the roof of his house when he saw Bathsheba bathing. He desired her, enticed her, and eventually had her husband killed to keep it a secret so he could continue in a comfortable lifestyle.
For a short season, David valued a comfortable life above a holy life and built his house on sand. And that sin cost him greatly. Do you sometimes value immediate and shallow pleasures available now over permanent and deep pleasures available later? Be honest, and holy before the Lord. Always remember that the entertaining of sin can quickly pollute the heart of even the most noble of God’s people.