Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 23:24-24:25 (additional reading: Psalm 123:1-4 and Proverbs 16:21-23)
The longer I live, the more I discover I have to be thankful for. God is just so gracious in blessing our lives. Isn’t that true? The longer we live, the more blessings we receive, and therefore the more we have to be thankful for. If you are 15 years old, maybe you can count your blessings and try name them one by one. If you are 50 years old, maybe you can count your many blessings, remembering what God has done. And if you are feeling too old – well, maybe you have forgotten to how to count 🙂 Nonetheless, the longer we live, the more we have to be thankful for.
But it is also true that the longer we live, the more we have to be forgiven for. Count that too: the longer we live, the more mistakes we make, the more people we hurt, the more wrong directions we take, and so the more we have to be forgiven for.
So what happens as we accumulate errors and multiple mistakes? We become acutely aware that there are people out there who have not forgiven us. There are plenty of people who are not at peace with us. We accumulate regrets and reasons to feel guilty.
David, King of Israel, had been on his throne for a long time. Nearly forty years of fighting the Philistines, consolidating power, dealing with palace intrigues, parenting ungrateful children, and on and on. As David came toward the end of his reign, and things were still not fully settled, with hostility here and there around Israel, and now he wanted to fix it, so he orders a census. But this caused an outcry. It steamed up the people. It turned even David’s most loyal followers against him. He had made a huge mistake with his census.
Let’s be grateful that David then cried out to God and accurately diagnosed his problem. He has put himself squarely in the human condition. He has said that nasty word that most of us avoid. He has come right out and named it for what it is: sin. Not errors, not miscalculations, not poor information – but sin. Straight out, flat out sin.
We can run through life trying to make ourselves feel better for the wrong things we have done or like David we can admit the real problem, turn to God, confess our sin and accept his forgiveness.
- Do you prefer to create labels rather than refer to sin?
- What real problem are you avoiding?
Father, Thank You that You bless our lives in so many ways. Thank You that You also forgive us and forgive completely even though we mess up time and time again. Help us to deal with sin in our lives, and to honour You. In Jesus’ name, amen.