In 1 Chronicles 21, we learn that although our intentions may seem good and all, God may very well be upset by our decisions. This is also emphasized in 1 Chronicles 27. You may have thought up something brilliant, but in God’s eyes, it could be very bad indeed. Therefore, we must allow the Lord to guide us in all our ways and not the devil. For you to understand what I am saying better, let us read together a portion of 1 Chronicles 21. It reads, 1“and Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. And Joab answered, The Lord make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword. But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king’s word was abominable to Joab. And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.” (1 Chronicles 21:1-7) You see, we got to make sure that the Holy Spirit is leading us and not Satan, otherwise, we are on the path of destruction. We do this by reading the Bible daily, seeking Him often in prayer, and doing as God says. It would be terrible if we were doing evil in God’s sight and then died in this fashion.
What David had Joab do, Joab knew in the back of his mind that it was wrong and God would not be happy with it. However, David’s words prevailed and he went about counting all the children of Israel. However, some were missed because God was very upset with what was taking place. In the chapters leading up to 1 Chronicles 27, we get to know different names of people, their families, and how many there were in number. However, counting the people was not of God, but of Satan. He was taken over by temptation and went forward with his own wishes. And so we learn in this next chapter that 2“David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the Lord had said he would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens. Joab the son of Zeruiah began to number, but he finished not, because there fell wrath for it against Israel; neither was the number put in the account of the chronicles of king David.” (1 Chronicles 27:23,24) My friends, when God is unhappy with anything we are up to, we are to stop in our tracks. We no longer do what God is against. This should be a wake-up call to us all. If there are sins in our life, we should immediately confess them before God, that He may forgive us. God’s mercy is upon such people that repent and wake up to God for salvation. Now, what David did might seem fine and not bad in your eyes, but the same can be said with your sinful lifestyle. If what you are up to on a day to day basis is not pleasing God, then who is it pleasing instead? And if God is unhappy with any willful sins in your life, then His wrath is upon you also. Therefore, don’t linger any longer in wrongdoing, but allow the Lord to lead you in His glorious light. If God is with you, then there is no fear of death and what happens next.
Let us pray:
Lord, there is nothing more that I’d rather do than to honor and praise You. If I am doing anything on the contrary, please let me know right away. I do not wish to hurt You or to cause You to be angry with me. For I love You, Lord, with all my heart, mind and strength. Every move that I make in my life is for You. Take every evil part of my life away from me, that I may walk fully in Your sight. God, I surrender my life to You now and forever. I wish to no longer walk in willful sin, but to have Your Holy Spirit be inside of me at all times and in all places. There is no worth in the things of this world, especially if they do not honor You. How displeasing would it be for me to say this and to walk out my own life during the rest of this week and the future. I would be such a hypocrite to even go to church and raise my hands up high in worship, but then go back to doing things that I know are sinful. So, Lord, I am ready to give up anything that doesn’t please You. Take everything out of my life that shouldn’t be there now. Help me find and destroy anything in my house that defiles me and leads me far from Your presence. May the things I do during this week bring about fruit for Your kingdom, and not pleasure for my own flesh. My joy is found in Your presence and not what I can do on my own. So Lord, take me by the hand and lead me from here on out. I am ready to follow and to serve You. May I begin to experience what true joy and love are really like, day in day out. I love Your words in the Bible. They are a light in my life and my path is made straight because of the teachings therein. I confess my sins and pray that You will forgive me. I trust in You, Lord. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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