SATURDAY, MARCH 15
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 21:1-4
1 Chronicles 21:1-4says, “Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and to the leaders of the people, ‘Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring the number of them to me that I may know it.’ And Joab answered, ‘May the Lord make His people a hundred times more than they are. But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why then does my lord require this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt in Israel?’ Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem.” Here we find David absolutely determined to number Israel and Joab said, “Do not do it for you will not like God‘s judgment. It is going to be sin and you will not like God’s judgment.” David’s motivation was for the purpose of being able to boast arrogantly about the size of the army. What we find here is that any leader, even a Godly one, when he makes mistakes, it is costly for the people. David made a very costly mistake. And here comes the dealing of God. We find God’s Hand on California right now in a terrible drought. And why wouldn’t there be when there is an open promotion of sin? It is especially interesting to note the drought began to intensify dramatically from the time the legislature began to advance the promotion of perversion in our state. This is not uncommon in Scripture. The question is, ‘How does God intervene?’ Does He intervene with judgments? The Bible clearly says yes, God does. Amos 3:6 says, “If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?” The next verse is very familiar, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” God responds to the sin of man by judging it. That has not changed. He is still doing it today. It is time we realized that God intervenes in the affairs of man with great affliction when their actions turn to rebellion. Jesus the Judge is here! The season for Jesus as the Root and Fruit is here!