The story of David - he did not serve God perfectly.. which gives me hope. If he is a man in heaven, a man after God’s own heart despite his glaring errors, I can have hope and can strive to learn from his mistakes.
One lesson from David is to be careful of affluence and blessing. Those times in his life were the times he seemed to struggle the most. When we are in such times, we can be more vulnerable to our adversary. We let our guard down a little and relax, and he knows it and moves in. Along with that, we cannot rest on laurels of our past good standing with God. Also, it’s not always easy to see yourself. He didn’t see himself properly in the situation with Bathsheba until Nathan pointed it out to him with the story of the man with the ewe lamb.
Our challenge is to be faithful every day.
Tonight we focus on 2 Sam 24 and the corresponding account in 1 Chron 21. David goes and numbers Israel and Judah. God is angry. God gives David 3 choices as a consequence for numbering the people in 1 Chron. 21:13, 16, 17. He chooses pestilence.
When the pestilence stopped:
1. There is a hint in the story of greater pestilence and plague. The pestilence comes to the threshing floor of Oman.
2. The plague reminder. Note the insufficiency of the offerings; note also the great distress of God’s displeasure.
3. The plague remedied by Jesus offering on the cross. Jesus blood is the propitiation, not only of our sins, but for all sin of all time. Note the awful price of the sufficient offering, God’s own Son. How painful was that? It should also bring to our minds, often, Romans 8:32: "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?"
Now what? We ought to be motivated to mold ourselves into the image of Jesus. 2 Cor 12:15: "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved."
We ought to be learning, changing, and progressing into the image of Jesus. Paul said he died daily. We ought to be willing to spend ourselves for Him.
I will not offer to God that which costs me nothing.