2 Samuel 11:2
“And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.”
Nighttime is always a dangerous time. More crime is committed in the night than in the day. More people die in the night than in the day. Fevers tend to spike in the night more than they do the day. There is something about the night that causes the depravity of man to be on display. Maybe the reason why more sin is committed in the night is because “men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
David made two great mistakes that led to the great sin for which he suffered severe consequences for the remainder of his life. His first mistake was that he stayed home from the battle when he was supposed to be in the battle. He got out of his routines, and departing from those routines opened the door for his next great mistake. David must have forgotten that routines are the structure of life that keeps the flesh from taking control of the life of the believer. If David had stayed in his routines, he would have never made the next mistake.
The second mistake that David made was that he didn’t control his actions in the night. Because David was out of routine, he had time on his hand to explore and do things he would never have done had he stayed in those routines. It was the night seasons that eventually led to David’s quick demise. If the night seasons destroyed the man after God’s own heart, they could also destroy you if you are not careful. Let me give a few cautions about your night seasons.
First, fill your alone times at night with prayer. Nobody has ever fallen into sin while they were praying. When you are alone and have nothing to do, the best thing you can do is to spend time with the Saviour. Face it; you are going to accomplish more through prayer than you ever will by uncontrolled roaming through digital technology.
Second, stay in at night instead of roaming the streets. I’m always amazed by how many people stay out at night. You will never find yourself committing the sins of the night if you stay home at night. I know to some I may sound old-fashioned, but it is better to be old-fashioned and holy than to be current with the times and be filled with sin. My parents knew it was better for me to be in at night when I was a teenager, and that is why they gave me a curfew by which I had to be home. You may be an adult, but you would be wise to give yourself a curfew that keeps you off the street and away from sin.
Third, when you are alone at night, the best way to keep from sin is to stay busy. One thing I have done throughout the years of my traveling is I have worked heavily at night when I have been alone. I have found that if I keep myself busy that I will be too busy to get myself into trouble.
Fourth, go to sleep. I know this may seem trivial, but the reason you are tired is because you stay up too late. God gave the night for man to sleep. If you went to bed at a decent hour, you would find yourself not being too tired to work the next day.
My friend, let me encourage you to guard yourself in the night seasons. If you guard your night seasons, you will keep yourself from the sins that destroy so many people during those times.