Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.” 1 Chronicles 21:1-2
Our sinful choices have far-reaching consequences, they do not just affect us.
David’s counting of his army was a great sin before the Lord, even Joab, David’s commander of the army knew this. The Lord did not want his leaders to count their soldiers, for then they would rely on their great numbers of men, instead of the Lord to win their victories.
For whether there are many or few, success is always in the Lords hands.
70,000 men of Israel died, because of David’s sinful decision. The more power and influence you hold, The more people you will effect.
From small choices too big, our actions have consequences that touch the lives of others. We may like to think we can do whatever we want, that it’s no one else’s business and it has nothing to do with them, but that’s not true.
We are social people, we do not live in a vacuum. Our decisions directly affect those closest to us and then have out reaching consequences as the ripple effect continues to spread outward.
Bounce your thoughts and actions off the Word of God. Is this something the Lord would have me do? From hurtful comments to adultery, and laziness to abuse, our sinful actions affect others.￼￼￼￼￼
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, show me how to live with others in mind. Guard my tongue from hurtful words and my mind from evil temptations. Help me to live each day focused on how to please you, instead of myself and then I can know my actions won’t cause others pain. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.