Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel.
But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my Lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”
God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it. Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by taking this census. Please forgive my guilt for doing this foolish thing.”
Why was God displeased with the census that David called for?
Because David fell to Satan’s temptation
David’s curiosity was spurred on by his arrogance
His faith was in his own strength rather than in God’s strength
If we feel self-sufficient and put confidence in our strength apart from God, we soon fall to Satan’s schemes
In self-sufficiency we lose our contact with God
To escape temptation examine your inner desires to understand why the external temptation is so appealing
David did not consult God or listen to Joab’s advice, and the nation suffered terribly
When face with important decisions, we should ask for God’s direction first. He may send his answer in a number of ways, often in the form of advice from others. Although advice that goes against our plans is tough to hear, it may save us from tragic consequences
Many want to add God and the benefits of Christianity to their lives with out acknowledging their personal sin and guilt
But confession and repentance must come before receiving forgiveness
Like David, we must take full responsibility for our actions and confess them to God before we can expect him to forgive us and continue his work in us.
*** source of notes from Life Application Study Bible Notes on 1 Chronicles 21:1, 3, and 7, pg. 752 ***