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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 103

As we continue to focus on where we look, today we consider what happened to David when he looked upon Bathsheba. 2 Samuel 11:1-2 tells us: "And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon." From this look came adultery, deception and death. How even the mighty can fall from a look that turns to desire blended with covetousness ending in gross immorality.

The British Family Bible says of this passage: "In this dreadful manner was one, who had been till then of an excellent character, hurried on, from a single, and seemingly slight, indulgence, into the depth of the grossest and most shocking villainies. And in the like manner may any one, if he be not on his guard against the deceitfulness of sin, be hurried unawares to his final destruction." Our lesson is clear: we must be on guard continually where we look. David apparently slept in (he arose from his bed in the evening) and was not where he should have been. We must not sleep in on our spiritual duties. We are because of our love for Him, to meet with our God daily in prayer, study His Word and walk as He walked. Jesus made a point to commune with the Father daily. Do we? We should not out of compulsion but because of love. However, if because of sickness or fatigue you have not the desire to seek Him do it anyway because it is your duty.

Our duty is to love our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. One of the ways we do that is to watch where we look. We are to look to Him and His Word for our help. Over the next few days we will focus on how we should look. For now, keep your eyes on Jesus and know that He will not forsake you and is waiting for you to come to Him. I don't think it gets better than that this side of heaven.

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