Devotion - Hooked
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of
the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very
beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said,
"Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the
Hittite?" Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and
he slept with her... —2 Samuel 11:2-4a
Perhaps you enjoy getting out on the water and fishing: The sun
welcoming a new day towards the east, crisp air on your cheeks, the
reflection on the water, and the enjoyment and relaxation of spending
time outdoors. It's you versus nature out there, a chance to catch
your dinner…or at least boast to your friends that you could have
eaten your catch for dinner! Have you ever considered the fish?
Now, the fish is experiencing a different kind of day. Swimming along
in his wet wonderland, minding his own business, the fish suddenly
ascends upon a snack! A nice, juicy-looking morsel floats along
inviting the fish - tempting him - to take a bite. So it does. Next
thing he knows he's fighting for life, gasping for water, but being
pulled closer and closer to death. For on the other side of his snack
is a hook cleverly hidden by his favorite treat.
Perhaps that is what happened to David when he saw Bathsheba bathing
on the roof. It may have seemed innocent at first, just inquiring
about whom the woman was. But then, the little nibble wasn't enough.
He wanted more. He nibbles more and then he is hooked. He sends for
her, and sleeps with another man's wife. Hardly what you expect from a
king who the Bible says is a man after God's own heart.
The truth is that we all are sinners. We lower our standards and
values just for a little taste. The next thing we know, we have fallen
into the trap of sin and don't know how we got there. It starts with a
small lie or a casual glance. One bad choice leads to a whole slew of
other bad choices and we are trapped. Temptation and sin often come in
enticing packages. The problem is that once you have taken a bite, it
gets easier and easier to fall into sin and harder and harder to stop
pleasing yourself. My advice to you and the fish: Don't nibble. Swim
What are the hooks in your life? Recognizing them can help you avoid
bites of temptation.
What can you do to make sure you think about choices and their effects
beyond just their immediate gratification?
1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13