Worry, Panic, Scheming


When you are led by fleshly desires instead of spiritual ones, peace does not follow. Your son eats some of the cookies that were just baked for dessert. His momentary enjoyment is quickly replaced by the fear out of being found out. The scheming begins.

Since he took the shortcut of instant gratification, now he must look for a scheme to avoid the consequences of acting on his desires rather than obeying Mom and loving God. So, the flesh hatches a plan. He puts the cookie plate on the floor, calls the dog in from outside and shows him the plate. Then he runs to tell Mom that the dog knocked the plate off the counter and ate the cookies. When Mom comes to look, the dog has gone into the living room with her muddy feet and made a mess everywhere. Mom turns to her son and asks how the dog got into the house in the first place.

The cookie thief has been found out.

The desire for immediate gratification led to a chain reaction of events that were anything but pleasant – worry, panic, and scheming.

This is exactly the same pattern of events that occurred with King David in his sin with Bathsheba. The outcome of David’s worry, panic, and scheming was far more devastating than mud on the carpet. David’s scheme to resolve the mess incurred by his desire for immediate gratification led to lies, the murder of Uriah, an innocent man, and the death of his infant son—and those were only the short-term consequences.

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