King David and Israel had been enjoying victory on every side. They have been succeeding. Satan was not too happy about this so he rose up against Israel by inciting King David to take a census of Israel. King David ordered Joab, Israel’s Chief of Army staff to take a census of the army. Joab – the voice of caution, reasoning, reminded David that Israel is the Lord’s, numbered or not. However, the Kings word overruled Joab’s and it cost Israel God’s favor and peace. God punished Israel. 1 Chronicles 21:1-15
In life we make decisions every second for variety of issue and situation that are logical, reasonable and sometime just impulsive. Regardless of what,why, how and when, there are consequence for every actions and reaction. We often find ourselves in situations that require more of us than we are naturally predisposed too. What do we do then?
We seek for help from trusted counselor, mentor and the likes. We also have the option of reaching out to a higher being by the Holy Spirit which is actually the best option. We could from the beginning enlist the Holy Spirit from inception to accompany us throughout the journey knowing any and many wrong turns will delay, mar, or hinder our purposes in life.
Like Joab with regards to King David, we might also have one or two subordinate that are fearful of disobeying God rather than please us. May we receive grace to hear the voice of caution when it speaks in Jesus name. King David did not listen and it cost Israel dearly. The King and Israel would have been worst off without the wisdom of Joab, who in disobedience to David, did not count the Levite. He did not fully carry out the instruction of King David, knowing it would displease God. How right Joab was! The godly give good advice to their friends, the wicked lead them astray – Proverb 12:26
What voice of caution have you been ignoring? What voice of caution are you working against to silence? Be cautious, it might save your very life? You see friends, our God works in mysterious ways. He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. The seemingly irrelevant, inconspicuous thing, person, sight and so on might well be an instrument of caution, change and what not that God himself has given you for your good.
A gift not well wrapped or with unattractive covering does not change the value of the gift or the giver. Only he/she with discernment and the ability to see the invincible will be able to step back and think, reflecting on past and present to see the invincible hand of the Sovereign God unfolding treasures in earthen vessels for the greater good of all.
Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for grace for my friends and I to see the invincible, hear the inaudible and receive virtue from your very presence to be and do all that pleases you. May our very life give you pleasure Lord in Jesus mighty name. Lord Jesus, for some of my friends that are at a lost as to what next, step into their boat and give them direction and purpose, let their life count Lord in Jesus mighty name.
To my friends that have not yet made the decision to be Christ, would you draw near and invite Jesus into your heart, for God is not for the death of a sinner but for the forgiveness of their sins – Ezekiel 33:11. For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live- Ezekiel 18:23,32, John 3:16, Romans 5:12,6:23 . Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved – Acts 4:12
Jesus loves you dearly!!