And While We’re On The Subject


“When David saw the angel about to destroy the people, he prayed, ‘Please!  I’m the one who sinned; I, the shepherd, did the wrong.  But these sheep, what did they do wrong?  Punish me and my family.  Not them.'” ~ 2 Samuel 24:17

David had taken a census of his people, which God had commanded him not to do.  He felt guilty, asked for forgiveness and God gave him three forms of punishment to choose from.  All of them were horrible.

Let’s stop right here for a moment.  There have been times that I would like to choose my own punishment.  I just don’t want to have to choose multiple choice.  I want to punish myself with ice cream rather than three days of plague on the whole country.  Maybe it’s just my trust issues.  Who knows.

David chooses his own punishment by choosing to trust God and his mercy versus getting left to the hands of men.

And might I interject here:  Good choice.

But when God released the plague and David’s people started being killed, this is where he does the brave thing.  He prays and asks God to stop punishing his people for the sin that he has committed.

Wait.  What?

My sin might in some way affect other people?

If I sell out and choose to live a life of temporary pleasures, there are other people that that might affect?

I live so self-centered that I forget that my choices have an affect on other people.  Just to put it in simple terms, if I chose to lie about something wrong with a house I was selling, I wouldn’t be the only one with a problem.  Yes.  I could make a sale, but I could also lose my license.  That, in turn, would make us short one salesperson.  I and my boss could be sued.  My seller could be sued.  My buyer will have a big problem on their hands, and it just keeps going downhill from there.   That’s why I do business honestly.

But what about the times that I choose to drive too fast?  That’s not really causing a problem for anyone, is it?  What about if I were to choose to sleep around?  What if I choose to eat too much?  What if I choose to steal money?

These are things that I would need to be punished for, but I forget that every choice I make can affect you.  I’m glad we’re in this together.

What choices do you have coming up?

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