Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. – 1 Chronicles 21:1
This chapter tells us of the time David ordered a census of all the fighting men be taken of Israel. Joab, his commander-in-chief, tried to persuade him not to do this act because it went against the word of God in the Law of Moses. David insisted, however, and the census was taken. Because David sinned, God sent a plague on the people killing at least 70,000 men in Israel. This all happened because of David’s pride and arrogance as king. He’d become complacent because of all the victories God gave him over the enemies of Israel.
The Bible tells us that Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take this census. David’s pride got the best of him. He must have thought that Israel’s enemies could at some point rise up against him. Rather than trust God to provide all the necessary fighting men to defeat Israel’s enemies, David ordered the census. It smacked of self-reliance and self-sufficiency rather than trusting in and relying upon God to win their battles.
Again, God speaks to us today about trusting in him and his word. We, humans, have the tendency to sit back and enjoy the ride once God pulls us out of the hot water. We get ourselves stuck in a jamb, and then God delivers us. Once the water seems calm again, then we go off and do something stupid without having inquired of God about our choice. We end up paying a hefty price for our choices and actions. Let us learn well the lesson of seeking God’s wisdom before making any rash decision.
Father, again you speak clearly to me from your word that faith in you is the only way. After three days of the same message, I think I have heard you clearly and loudly. I am not to move until I hear from you. Paul tried to go out and minister in Asia, but you thwarted his every move until you drew him to Macedonia where you needed him. I surrender to you and await you clear command as to our next move. You have stirred the heart of my spouse to fast and pray to seek your guidance, so here I am. I avail myself to you. May your will be done, not ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.