THERE WAS NOTHING INHERENTLY evil about “numbering” Israel. David was just taking a census of the people. “Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.” I Chronicles 21:1
However, this was a grave sin in the eyes of the Lord because David was motivated by pride and an attempt to exalt himself. Judgment came at a high cost. It was after David had achieved much success and victories over other nations that the enemy gained a foothold.
Note that Satan deceived David into thinking that God would endorse his actions. Why would he not think that? God had endorsed all his victories and had even won Israel their battles. This is how your adversary operates. The enemy wants you to believe that God endorses your actions now because He has given you much success in the past. Many men have fallen into this same trap!
Success in the past does not mean God endorses your actions now. This is where pride comes in. Look at the life of Paul. He did not go where he wanted, but went where the Spirit led. He was even forbidden to go into certain places. All of our decisions must be filtered through the hands of God. This is what trusting God looks like, “Where do I go now Lord? What do I do now Lord?” Allow Him to guide your plans and set your course and always remember He causes your success and wins you the victory. #runyourrace
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