1 Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”
3 But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?” 4 But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem 5and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah. 6But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do. 7 God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it. 8 Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.”
9 Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer. This was the message: 10 “Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will inflict it on you.’” 11 So Gad came to David and said, “These are the choices the Lord has given you. 12 You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by the sword of your enemies, or three days of severe plague as the angel of the Lord brings devastation throughout the land of Israel. Decide what answer I should give the Lord who sent me.”
13 “I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”
1 Chronicles 21:1-13 (NLT)
In this passage, David sinned!
He knew he wasn’t supposed to take this census and he did it anyway.
He was even warned, but did not listen.
How can someone who is chosen by God who loves God greatly and is loved by God unconditionally blatantly disobey?
How can someone who has seen God do miraculous things and has done many great things because of God’s hand follow through with this out-right sin?
David was Human!
How many times have you and I done something that we knew was not right, but we did it anyway?
How many times have we made decisions or just blatantly did something in spite of being warned?
Most of us could say “If only I had listened, I would not be in this situation today!”
We are Human!
Wrong choices result in consequences!
Here is what I love about David……
He always admitted when he messed UP!
“Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.”
It wasn’t David’s prestige, power, good looks, stature or perfection that
positioned him as a man after God’s own heart; it was his heart of repentance.
God’s grace extends well past whatever you I and can think or imagine!
Does this allow us to continue to make dumb choices just so God’s grace can be displayed?
The Apostle Paul speaks to this very thing:
1 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Romans 6:1-4 (NLT)
The answer is “NO WAY!”
A person who has a heart for God will STOP IT and Repent!
God is looking for those who have a heart for Him.
If we have a heart for God, it is easy to REPENT and move on.
Those who are alive in Christ, LIVE NEW LIVES!
"Lord, send your Holy Spirit to convict us when we are wrong. Let Him bring us into the Truth.
For those that are listening or reading this today, convict their hearts to become what You want them to be.
We love Your ways and want to serve You the best that we can. Thank You for Your grace and mercy
In Jesus name, Amen."