I Chronicles 21:1 “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.”
God always requires total trust in Him alone for our victories in life. Throughout Scripture we are cautioned not to place our trust in the strength of horses, other men or our own abilities. In (I Chronicles 21), David’s decision to take a census was a failure to keep his trust totally upon the Lord.
David’s purpose in counting his population was to assess his military strength, much like the second census taken under Moses (see Numbers 1:2-3). David found 800,000 men eligible for military service in Israel, and 500,000 men in Judah (see II Samuel 24:9), more than double the previous head count.
David’s commander evidently recognized the grave error that his king was about to make. “But Joab replied, ‘May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?'” (I Chronicles 21:3).
Joab was right: The census displeased the Lord. David was falling into the temptation of trusting in the size of his army rather than in the Lord. In consequence, God punished David and reduced his forces by bringing a plague that killed 70,000 men.
Point to ponder- How do you avoid placing your trust in God today? Do you trust your bank accounts, your skills and the security of your workplace? When you begin to place your faith in these things instead of in the Provider of these things you get into trouble with God.
Personal testimony – In the month of April I personally loss a substantial amount of money while running errands, I believe there was a lesson message for me in this loss of money. The Lord will allow each of us to experience What a lesson this is for each of us. Today, place your total trust in the Lord for all of your needs. Our Leadership team is especially thankful for those of you who provided financial donations and support in the month of April 2017 by partnering with us in efforts to advance the kingdom of God in this 21st century season: Special thanks to Mr. William Wilson, Ms. Annette Straker, Mr. Kenneth Washington, Mrs. Barbara Mason, Ms. Quiana Volney, Mrs. Marguerite Williams and Ms. Gertrude Scott. Why don’t you take the opportunity to write us on our blog and let us know how we are doing in serving you Great people, we’d love to hear from you!
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