Saturday, January 30, 2016

Devotional Thought : 2 Samuel 11:4

Then David sent messengers to get her. She [Bathsheba] came to him, and he slept with her. 2 Samuel 11:4

At this time David was already married to Michal (who had been returned to him), Ahinoam and Abigail. Plus 2 Samuel 5:13 tells us, "After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him." There is a partial list in 1 Chronicles 3:1-9.

Constable quotes Swindoll in his commentary, he writes: "The king who took another man's wife already had a harem full of women. The simple fact is that the passion of sex is not satisfied by a full harem of women: it is increased. Having many women does not reduce a man's libido it excites it … it stimulates it."

This is an interesting insight into human nature. No matter how much we have of something we always want more. Whether it is sex, money, power or something else. The desire is not satisfied by getting what we want. Actually it is stimulated. This explains how addictions start. People's desire only increases the more they try to satisfy it.

How do we overcome such desires? By learning contentment. Paul writes, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation" he then goes on to say, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:11-13).

The way to overcome the desire of the flesh that continually wants more is to learn to be content. With Christ's help and strength we can be content with our lives and not focussed on what we want.

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