August 23 A Target for Temptation

Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 11:1–27

Key verse: James 4:7

Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Temptation has one goal: to render the believer ineffective in his walk with God. King David knew this, and for the greater part of his life he lived with the awareness of what sin could do to his relationship with God. However, Satan, who is the author of sin, never signals defeat. He seeks to cut inroads of temptation into your life, causing you to become unfaithful in your devotion to God.

That was what he did in David’s life. In 2 Samuel, we learn that David should have been away with his army in battle. Instead, he remained at home. Had he become lazy? Proud? Self-sufficient? Bored? The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what was going on in David’s heart, but we can surmise from what we are given that David was a target for Satan’s temptation. And more than likely, he invited it.

Bathsheba knew what she was doing that night as she stepped into the cool pool of water within eyesight of the king’s palace. That was the beginning of a desperate time for one of God’s greatest servants. The plot of temptation was set, and David became a willing participant.

No matter how tempting the situation seems, nothing is worth risking your sweet fellowship with God and the love of family members. Say no to the tempter, and cry out to God for His strength and protection so that the enemy will be defeated in your life.

I am saying no to the tempter and yes to You today! Give me strength, Lord, to defeat the enemy in every area of my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 246). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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