David’s failure to obey.

Moses Pleading with Israel, as in Deuteronomy ...

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Quite often we hear that Satan makes people do things. How many times have you heard the phrase “the devil made me do it”? While many people like to write bad things happening off as some consequence of our own personal actions, if we believe the teachings of the Bible we know why bad things happen. There was no sin at all in the world until Satan brought it in through Adam and Eve. This was known as the first “fall on mankind”. This also ushered in tons of bad things. We also know that sometimes God makes or allows bad things to happen to ultimately lead people to himself or make things better for those who the things happen to.

So, either God makes it happen, or God allows Satan to make it happen, through us doing things that God doesn’t approve of. The Bible is full of examples of Satan turning God’s people against the Lord, because God doesn’t force us to follow him, he wants us, to WANT to follow him. This brings us to King David of Israel. We know that David had twice the army that Moses had originally counted. David did not know that, and God told him not to count his men, but the Bible tells us:

“Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (1 Chron 21:1-2).

So, being a flawed and weak human, David took the census anyway. This angered God, so to punish David, God sent a plague that killed 70,000 of David’s soldiers. David’s advisors and closest friends warned him against testing the Word of God. But we see that Satan personally took arms against Israel (presumably in a spritiual sense) and caused David to do this. It is my belief, as a reformed egomaniac, that Satan attacked David’s pride and insecurities by making him feel weak against his enemies. Maybe, Satan made David feel that his numbers were not nearly as much as he thought. God simply wanted David to trust that HE had it all under control. The outcome of that very census made it clear that God had it under control, because we know the numbers had doubled since the last time Israel conducted a census.

You might be thinking now, “Why would a loving God kill 70,000 innocent men and soldiers, just to get even with David?” Nowhere in there does it say that those men were righteous men. Nowhere in there does it say that those men were NOT taken directly to Heaven to be with God for all of eternity. One way or the other, we can’t hold God, the creator of everything, to the same standard that he holds us to. We have no right to do that whatsoever. Being that Father’s Day is approaching, I feel that I need to point out that tons of mother’s had to sit their children down and tell them that all because of David’s failure to obey God, their Daddies wouldn’t be coming home anymore. One man, can make a difference, for either the good or bad. And David’s inability to simply obey and trust, proved that.

This is the same David, that God trained to be a responsible and righteous leader when he was just a child herding sheep. This is the same David that God had protected hundreds of times from his enemies. This reminds me of my wife’s dog Lola. When I let her out at night, she walks from the garage, through the kitchen, and out the back door. When she comes back in though, if the door that leads to the garage (and her dinner) is open she runs directly to it, because she see’s that I have made the way for her. However, if that door is closed, she circles behind me, and sits down waiting because I have not made the way, but she trusts me, and obeys the unsaid order to wait.

I wish more of us could be like her and wait for God. David did not, and it cost the lives of 70,000 men. What does it cost when we don’t? What does it benefit when we do? So much more than what is lost. I want to leave you with this today:

“Integrity, combined with faithfulness is a powerful force and worthy of great respect.” (Former Blogger ‘Real Live Preacher 2006)

God bless,

Chris

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