PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Chronicles 20-21
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Satan incited David to take a census of Israel.” (1 Chronicles 21:1)
By taking the census, David was putting more confidence in his troops than in God.
But who incited David to take the census, God or Satan?
“The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, ‘Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.'” (2 Samuel 24:1)
According to James, God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13-14).
But God does test us, and the Greek word for tempt and test is the same.
The difference is the intent: God wants to help us, Satan wants to hurt us.
God uses Satan and David’s sinful heart to show what comes of forgetting God.
As in the parable of the prodigal son, the Father lets the son choose his folly.
But he also is ready and eager to take us back, when we come to our senses.
God allows us the freedom to choose, and he uses our choices to teach us.
Using Satan God tests us, but he always has a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Today’s reading shows us the serious danger of Satan, sin and temptation.
It is also a call to repent, and to reach out to Jesus for mercy and help.
Lord, I am tested/tempted everyday… and you allow it. Help me to see your heart in this, your intent to help me choose the path of LIFE with you!