Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 21:18-30
Happy Monday, thank you so much for being faithful with us through this study! Today we’re looking at the latter half of chapter 21 and what we see is God’s response to David’s sin. Earlier in this chapter, David ordered a census to be taken against the advice of Joab and even more against the Lord. Now, being aware of numbers isn’t a sin in itself, but we see that “Satan stirred up David,” and his reliance on human resources displeased God.
After David’s census the Lord sent a pestilence and an angel with his sword drawn and his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. When David and the Elders repented, the Lord was merciful toward them; in His mercy He spared Jerusalem.
Three things I see from our passage today:
When sin entered the world through Adam, it spread to all men. God, being great in mercy and patience, gave us a way to be reunited with Him. He made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Cor 5:21)
God takes sin so seriously that he gave us His only son to live a perfect life and die in our place. Jesus became the sacrifice that we could never be and gave His own life for us.
Maybe today there are some sin issues in your life, something you haven’t dealt with or confessed. Ask God to show you how you can repent from these sins and turn back to Him. Be encouraged today with 1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness”
Posted by: Alex Boswell, ministry intern-Richmond campus