David’s spiral away from being the King God wants him to be continues in 1 Chronicles 21. A scary thought when Satan is able to incite God’s appointed King (1 Chron 21:1)
Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.
But what was so bad about doing some maths? This is just a continuation down the slippery slope. David was beginning to rely on his own abilities and strength rather than on God. By counting his men he was checking his own strength.
Joab was brave to question his king’s motives (v3), but isn’t this exactly what we should be doing with each other when we see friends and family slipping?
The consequences of David’s sin were immense. His people were slain by the Lord!
Sometimes the consequence of my sin directly impacts others. Sometimes I am not aware of the consequences. Sin destroys relationship. Our relationship with each other, and our relationship with God.
David’s spiraling sin needed to be checked. Then, like the Godly leader David was elected to be, he stands before God and says (v17):
David said to God, “Was it not I who ordered the fighting men to be counted? I am the one who has sinned and done wrong. These are but sheep. What have they done? O LORD my God, let your hand fall upon me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people.”
David places himself back in the position of servant leader and accepts responsibility.
The solution to spiraling into temptation???
I have been challenged this week by a friend who is on a journey of reconciliation. She is actively seeking those whom she has wronged in years gone by to seek their forgiveness and to share with them the forgiveness she has found in Jesus. She has written letters and met face to face with them. What an incredible challenge for all of us. Not just asking God for forgiveness, but addressing those whom we have wronged. Confession. Humbling. Painful. Healing. Restoration.
Be real with God. Confess, Repent, Restore.