2 Samuel 24
King David has sinned against God by taking a census of all the people of Israel and Judah. When David realizes that he has sinned, he confesses his sin to the Lord and asks for forgiveness.
Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the Lord says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”‘”
So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.” vs. 10-13
What do you think David chose? What would you choose? My first reaction is to choose to flee from my enemies. Atleast I know there might be a chance of escaping them. If there is a famine you know that you are going to starve and many will die. If there is a pestilence, that too is certain death. That is how I think in the flesh. This is what David chose, in the wisdom that the Lord gave to him.
Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” vs. 14
Praise the Lord for His infinite power and glory. I am so thankful to have His word so clear before me, which can only be through the Holy Spirit. Choose the Lord, trust in Him, and He shall direct your paths.
There was a great pestilence and 70,000 died when David begged the Lord to have mercy on the people, for it was he who had sinned. The Lord did have mercy. Through Gad, the Lord told David to make an altar to the Lord and offer a burnt offering and peace offering.
Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel. vs.25
The Lord has mercy, would David’s enemies have had mercy? No, they would not have been swayed from their evil intent. In our greatest trials, the Lord is the one on whom we must call upon. Make of yourselves a living sacrifice, a holy offering to the Lord. His mercies are new every morning.