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In this daily Bible reading is the account of King David committing adultery with another man’s wife. The man’s name was Uriah, one of David’s fighting men. The woman’s name was Bathsheba.

Bathsheba became pregnant. So, David tried to hide the affair by bringing Uriah in from battle to be with his wife. However, Uriah refused to stay with his wife because his fellow soldiers could not be with their wives.

David sent Uriah back into battle, and formulated a plan that would likely result in Uriah’s death.  David had Uriah put in the most dangerous battlefield position. As a result, Uriah was killed.  The Bible says that David’s action was “evil in the sight of the Lord.”

Later, God would punish David severely for his sin. The Bible says that God greatly favored David and considered David to be ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ David was dedicated to God, striving to live his life obeying God’s commandments. Clearly, in this case he did not.

No matter who we are or how much we are dedicated to God, we are subject to temptation which leads to sin. We must develop strategies to avoid sin. We must fight temptation in the beginning of our thought process.

If we don’t fight temptation, our thoughts will turn into sinful deeds. In those moments of temptation, we must pray to God for help in fighting the temptation. The Bible says that God will provide a way of escape.

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