364 Results of Disobedience

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

What disastrous consequences as a result of David succumbing to this temptation – 70,000 people died! And 2 Samuel 24:1 tells us that You were actually involved in this temptation because You were angry with the disobedience of Your people!

This census doesn’t seem so important to us, Lord. We have them regularly and they are not only used for government decisions, but helpful for the churches to know the demographics of their area to help them plan outreach and meet needs. Think of the grief in the land. Why was the punishment so severe?

You live in a democracy, a “kingdom” ruled by man. Israel was not like that. No matter which king I set upon the throne of Israel, ultimately I was their king. They were in a covenant relationship with Me (Exodus 24:7,8).  The commands I gave them were to be obeyed, not because I am vindictive, but because I know what is best for My people. And in My purposes, their walk with Me had to demonstrate the true meaning of covenant to all those like you who would one day be in such a relationship with Me.

Why did David give into the temptation to count his people anyway? Joab knew there was a wrong motive in it (v3). What did he think to do with those numbers? Whatever his idea, the decision to rule his country by his own wisdom instead of Mine would have had far worse consequences for his people.

If you learn from this story to follow My leading in all things, whether you understand it or now, you will avoid the disastrous consequences that come from trusting your own wisdom alone.

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