Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 7 Scripture Selection: II Samuel 22-24
Food for Thought: II Sam. 24:1-4, 8-12
David’s mistake in taking a census of the people really came from a wrong motive of the heart. He did what we tend to do. We tend to draw conclusions based on size and numbers and place our confidence on what we see. We use measures in the natural to determine our strength which often becomes a source of pride as well as a false sense of security. Big mistake.
David should have known better. Even in his personal life he knew that size irrelevant. After all, at a young age he’d killed a warrior giant with just a sling shot (I Sam. 17). He and his mighty men had all experienced supernatural victories when facing over-whelming odds. And David knew that it was because the hand of God was on them. (See chapters 22 and 23.) But this was a lapse in judgment for which he soon regretted and repented.
In II Samuel 22:2-4, David says, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
so shall I be saved from my enemies.” When we, too, realize that all our strength, all our successes, come from the Lord, then we quit counting—unless it is to give God the glory for the win. The size of the congregation, the amount in the checking account, our chronological age, the amount of loaves and fishes offered to feed a crowd (Mat. 14:15-21), none of it really matters when God is in the picture. He is not limited to human means of measurements, and therefore, neither are we.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):