2 Samuel 24:14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
We all know the bible says that Satan is a liar. In John 8:44 it says; “Ye are of your father the devil, …When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” Yet time and again we fall for his deceptions. For a sermon illustrated I sat a chair on the platform and asked people to come up one at a time to sit on it. The first two people I called up were rather large folks. I whispered to them, “Please just sit down, then stand up, and go back to your seat, but don’t say a word.” They both did as I had asked. The last person I called on was a tiny little lady. To her I whispered, “This chair is broken, be careful when you sit, it may break.” I then asked her to have a seat. She looked at me and shook her head “NO!” I said why not? She said, “you just told me this chair is broken.” Even though she had watched two other large people sit in this chair, the lie that it was broken kept her from trusting it. Satan lies to us tells us not to trust in Gods power and authority. Even after we’ve seen how He works in others’ lives, we often fall for Satan’s lies.
David’s sin in numbering Israel was his departure from faith in God’s ability to protect him. Instead, he wanted to know how many men he had to fight for him. When he realized what he had done, he accepted it as sin. God offers David a choice of punishments. David wisely says, I will put my faith back in God and His mercies.
Everyone has at some time departed from fully trusting God. We try to do things on our own instead of relying on God’s power. The good news is, He’s still a loving and merciful God. If we will ask for forgiveness, we can bring faith back into our life.
Are you trusting God as you should?
Living In His Word Ministries
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director