Making wise choices

1 Chronicles Bible Background

05.27.2017 Old Testament: 1Ch 21.9–13

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 20–22 on May 27, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

David sinned by trusting in his military might, in particular how many soldiers he had at his disposal. The Lord sent a prophet to David to reveal his sin and to give him three options from which to choose for punishment. Notice what he picked,

Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, “Go and tell David, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I offer you three things; choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.”’” So Gad came to David and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Choose for yourself, either three years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the Lord—the plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.’ Now consider what answer I should take back to Him who sent me.” And David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man” (1 Chronicles 21.9–13). 

David understood the nature of God and man, knowing that God shows mercy, but that man does not. That made the decision easier for David.

We can likewise make wise decisions by considering that our lives are in the hand of God and that He wants what is best for us, but men want what is best for them.

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