A woman is bathing on the rooftop. The king sees her and decides he must have her. He sends for her, and so begins one of the biggest blowups in the Bible. But what about the woman? Was she looking for the attention of the King or was she an innocent victim?
We don’t know what Bathsheba’s intentions were. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what I was missing in my reading, and finally realized her intentions weren’t important to the telling of the story. The story wasn’t really about her. She became a very important figure in the Bible and was mentioned in the lineage of Jesus, but she was identified only as the wife of Uriah the Hittite.
Can you imagine being in her story, what it must have been like to lose her husband, then marry the King, then have a baby, then lose that baby? And that was just the beginning of the tragedy that ensued. I know in that situation I would have been crying out to God, “Why me? Why are you doing this to me?” But, you see, it wasn’t about her or we would know the details.
The story was about King David and his blowup. Bathsheba played a part, but the story unfolding was his story. I can’t count how many times I ask God why. Very frequently, the answer is – it’s not about me. That place of asking why comes from a focus on myself, and comes from taking my eyes off what He wants for me in the moment. It comes from selfish pride, thinking the world revolves around me and I am here to be happy.
Oh wait, you mean I wasn’t put on this Earth to be happy? Not exactly. Sure, God wants us to be happy, but He first commands us to be obedient and serve Him.
Love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deuteronomy 11:13
I think Bathsheba got this. In the few verses where she is mentioned as taking action, that action began with bowing before the King. She eventually gave birth to the wisest man on earth, and could have been either the inspiration for the author of the Proverbs 31. While we don’t know her intentions, we do see the fruit of her actions, and we see how God redeemed her circumstances.
But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. Romans 5:20
For me, the story of Bathsheba is one of obedience, of service, and of grace. But today, she is a good reminder it isn’t always about me.
About the Writer:
Wendy is a wife and mother who works full time in Risk Management. Here at First Dallas she serves in Sunday school, helps coordinate Angel tree, and teaches at Discipleship University. Her greatest joy comes from discovering how following Jesus can greatly impact her daily life and the lives of those she cares about in innumerable, practical ways.