David taking the census. What a great reminder that sometimes it’s not specifically your action that is sinful, but the intention behind it. Taking a census is not a completely forbidden act; God himself asked Moses to take a head count in Numbers. But David’s motives here were selfish and prideful. Like a greedy millionaire fanning through a stack of his money with his thumb; counting and taking inventory of his gains.
Like David, when we catch ourselves behaving poorly, we should respond and repent immediately. I liked Bethany’s feedback on God’s love for us that we see in these chapters.
Is there something you’re participating in that seems fine on the outside, but you know is sinful for your to partake in?
What’s stopping you from repenting and changing?