Fess Up

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???

Fess Up!

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.




2 thoughts on “Fess Up

  1. Thanks Lachlan. Today’s message is a timely reminder to do the best I can and leave the rest up to God. I must just leave things in God’s hands, even if on the surface things may look impossible. I must not doubt and ‘count my soldiers’, but step out in faith, and ‘be anxious for nothing.’ (Philippians 4:6)

  2. Thanks Lachlan. Once again we see the worst sin- pride. Pride is the thing that will keep most people out of heaven. God hates pride it’s what got Satan thrown out of heaven. God has His own way of dealing with our pride. The opposite of pride is brokeness. A humble and contrite heart.
    What I like about David is that when he realized the full extent of his sin he took full responsibility. Didn’t look for an excuse or play the blame game. Your friend who is seeking forgiveness from those she had hurt is doing what is right. I am reminded of Zaccheaus in Luke 19:1-10 he too wanted to make restoration to those whom he did wrong v8. Jesus’ life in us changes us from the inside out. May we be a church that actively seeks out to restore broken relationships. First in our families then also our brothers and sisters in Christ. We also must remember that sometimes the person who has caused the offense is totally unaware that they have hurt somebody. Love is not easily offended and keeps no record of wrong. May we be one as the Father Son and Spirit are one.

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