It is important that we protect our eyes in terms of what we look at or what we are seeing anywhere. Let us look at how king David did not guard his eyes and this incident, got him into trouble.
King David got himself into difficulty because he did not guard his eyes. 2 Sam 11: 1 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the rooftop the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.
David should have been out in the battle field; like the other kings, (verse 1) , if he had been away from the palace, he would not have committed this adultery. David did what he did without any consideration for his actions; he saw a beautiful woman, asked about her, sent some people to get her and he slept with her and that was it.
David knew that during warfare, it was not a time to engage in sexual activities – 1 Sam 21:4-5. When he saw Bathsheba bathing, David could have looked away but he did not do so. The same goes for us, what are we watching online or on our smart devices? Is it something edifying or something that could get our spirit into some bother with God?
If we are watching spiritually unpleasant things, as Christians, we will loose God’s authority and His power in and over our lives. David was told that Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite and still his inner man did not check him. David slept with Bathseba because he could do so, after all, he was the king and had power.
Deut 13: 18 18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the Lord thy God. Our excuse of, everyone is watching something or looking at something will not go down well with God. We are responsible for your actions with God. We need to do what is right in the eyes of God.
When Bathsheba informed David that she was pregnant, he decided to have her husband come home, in the guise of hearing about the battle first hand and assumed (wrongly) that Uriah will go and sleep with his wife. And the unborn child will become Uriah’s. But Uriah being a man full of integrity did not go home . 11 Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my commander Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open country. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and make love to my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!” Once again, David abuses his power by summoning Uriah over to the palace from the battle field.
David had become like Saul, seeking the life of his loyal servant Uriah. During the incidents between David and Saul, Saul had hoped that David would die in battle – 1 Sam 18:17 but David’s plan was worse than Saul’s, as he deliberately asked Joab to get Uriah killed. 2 Sam 11: 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah.15 In it he wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”
When Uriah, decided to not go home, desperate David decided to get Uriah killed in the battle field. 26 When Uriah’s wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
The important thing is whatever we do, has consequences; either positive or negative and for David the consequence of what he did, that displeased God had devastating consequences for him, Uriah, Bathseba, the unborn baby and David’s family and the nation.
Prvb 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. This was the case with David; God saw it all. God sees and knows all our actions and thoughts.
May God open our eyes to behold the wonderful things around us and the battles that he is fighting on our behalf. 2 kgs 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Jesus talked about the importance of our eyes, Matt 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! Nowadays because of the access that we all have to the internet, we look at and see things that are offensive to God. Let’s learn to hear that still small voice telling us to not watch or look at a particular thing.
The issue about what we look at and what we see is so important that Apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesians and said in Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
In 1 Pet 3:12, we are reassured about God and his care for us: 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
May we not displease God because of our actions and because of not taking care of what we see or look at in Jesus name.