David had gone against God's will and had to pay a severe consequence.
2 Samuel 24.1-25
Reference: v. 14 David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men."
Explore: David had done the wrong thing by counting his troops, and because our God is a just god He punished David for his wrong doing. Due to his mercy however He gave David a choice of three punishments and he decided to take window number 3 which was three days of plague on the land. None of the options held a $1 million ticket! David's decision may have seemed foolish as God is stronger than famine and men, however David knew that His mercy was also greater.
Application: It's hard to imagine the mighty King David being treated like a rebellious teenager by God. I know with our teenager we will often give her the option of choicing the consequence to her bad behaviour, but the annointed king?!! However, when you consider the wisdom of God compared to that of the wisest person ever, then I'm not sure us mere humans would even reach teenage levels!! And yet our God is, and always has been a just god. While He is gracious beyond our understanding by forgiving all our sins, ew also pay the consequences for the wrong we do; that is true justice. It's hard to understand but He wouldn't be our Heavenly 'Father' if He didn't.
Prayer: Lord, I'm constantly amazed at your wisdom and grace. Thank you for continually pouring it out on all of us. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.