Life as a River
"When Counting is Wrong"
"When Counting is Wrong."
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TODAY - PART 1
David was undoubtedly the greatest king who ever reigned in Israel. His exploits before and during his reign are legendary. Towards the end of his reign, Satan appeals to David’s pride enticing him to take a census to find out how many able-bodied men he has available for his army. In demanding this count, David demonstrates three prideful mistakes that cause both David and Israel to endure a terrible tragedy.
So, what can we learn from this great counting tragedy? I think the lesson for us is quite profound.
When it is Done to Measure How Much We Own
I think we would all agree that there is a huge emotional and psychological difference between how an owner looks at his own, personal balance sheet and how his accountant looks at the very same balance sheet. And it was this ownership attitude that did David in and will do us in as well.
This single issue of ownership is the central demand of the gospel. Are we willing to surrender everything – give it all up – return back to the rightful Owner everything we have wrongfully confiscated and claimed to be our own? When we do find ourselves tempted to count what we own, we must remember, it doesn’t take very long to count nothing!
Do you count your stuff as the owner or as His steward?
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