Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 27
Talk about a guy who had it all under control. David had everything in its place and every area of his life and office was neatly governed and structured. David had the whole kingdom of Israel set up nicely. But, we see one small issue that God has with David and his organization plan.
When David took his census, he did not count those who were younger than twenty years of age, because the Lord had promised to make the Israelites as numerous as the stars in heaven. Joab son of Zeruiah began the census but never finished it because the anger of God fell on Israel. The total number was never recorded in King David’s official records.
1 Chronicles 27:23-24
I think we can take away the following:
There is a balance to be had between planning and organizingand trusting in and following God. The key here is the idea of control. We can and should plan, organize and put things into place to better do whatever it is we are doing but we must also remember what Proverbs 16:9 tells us:
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
God had said that he would grow Israel. It wasn’t for David to concern himself with that but rather to lead and protect them.
In Exodus 30:12 we see a principle that God had set forth concerning the counting of people.
When you take a census of the children of Israel for their number, then every man shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when you number them.
The principle we see here is that God owns Israel, not David. It was God’s call to count Israel or not. While God does, at another time, command David to count the people, we do not see any such command here.
When we try to out think or run past God and His plan we always find trouble. David, being the planner and the prepared person, thought perhaps only counting adults would be ok. He just wanted to know.
The truth is we all want to “know” and that has gotten so many people in trouble. Adam and Eve just had to “know” what the fruit tasted like, the Israelites just had to “know” what God looked like so they had Aaron make a golden calve statue, Saul just had to “know” God was going to be with them in battle so he performed the sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel. On and on it goes, all the way down to you and me.
So remember as you think on this today to plan well and be organized, nothing wrong with that. However, know God is in control and we don’t always need to “know” what lies ahead.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;do not depend on you own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6
Posted by: Robbie Byrd