In whom do you trust? On American currency, it says in God we trust. But as you look at the actions of our nation, there is little that would evidence the phrase on our money. The nation of Israel mere known as God’s chosen people and throughout their history, they had acquired lands, received provision and won battles all with his direction and power. David, the king after his own heart had relied upon God’s protection and provision throughout his life and reign…except for this time. He decided he needed to know if he had ample troops to go to war and win. This from the king that had defeated all enemies at God’s direction. The need to be self-reliant overtook his need to be submitted to God and free from the enemies and entrapment of the world. It seemed like “no big deal”, but was as great a sin as a king or nation could commit.
In our lives, we are faced with the same challenge each day. Do we focus on freedom or independence. It is God that saves us and leads us to freedom. If we trust and follow him, he will protect, provide and propel us into freedom. But, like David, some days we just want to make sure that we are ready to take the helm…just in case God can’t handle it. It is in those days that our desire to be independent from God rears its ugly head. When we decide to live independent of God, we open ourselves up to the sins of pride, and all other forms of self rule that will destroy us. We, like David need to recognize that independence and freedom are different and at polar opposite ends of the spectrum. We simply need to seek him first and allow him to add everything else—Matt 6:33. As humble followers of God, we can experience his protection and provision and live a life free from captivity. Help me Lord to walk humbly in your freedom.
God Bless You
But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab and the commanders of the army went out to count the people of Israel. 5 First they crossed the Jordan and camped at Aroer, south of the town in the valley, in the direction of Gad. Then they went on to Jazer, 6 then to Gilead in the land of Tahtim-hodshi[b] and to Dan-jaan and around to Sidon. 7 Then they came to the fortress of Tyre, and all the towns of the Hivites and Canaanites. Finally, they went south to Judah[c] as far as Beersheba.
8 Having gone through the entire land for nine months and twenty days, they returned to Jerusalem. 9 Joab reported the number of people to the king. There were 800,000 capable warriors in Israel who could handle a sword, and 500,000 in Judah.
10 But after he had taken the census, David’s conscience began to bother him. And he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt, Lord, for doing this foolish thing.”