“Let’s read the bible together”… You’ve heard it on Sunday morning during announcements. It’s great to be able to hear from God in His Word, and share with one another the work He is doing in our lives. It’s a great conversation starter (if you’re someone like me that needs that kind of thing)
This week more than ever, we can really lock in together on these particular verses because Pastor Micah is teaching through them on Wenesday night as well.  Come out and join us if you haven’t already!
The verses for this week include 1 Chronicles 18-21 and the endeavors of King David. David is the quintessential bible character. We can really learn a lot from him. He represents all of us in the ebb and flow of our Christian walk. Even though we are not kings or prophets or giantslayers, there are moments in the life of David we can relate to. Moments that don’t apply to just a king, a prophet or a giantslayer, but a sinner saved by grace. That, we all can relate to.
The Word tells us that the Lord was with David (just like He’s with us).  1 Chron 18:6  “…,Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.” David was enjoying victory and acclaim as King of Israel. His people loved and trusted him.
Unfortunately, times of prosperity tend to draw our attention away from God. That doesn’t always have to happen, but we all know from our own experience that it’s very common. It was at this time that the enemy temped David. Ch 21 says “Satan….provoked David to number Israel”. David fell for it. He was unaware of the spiritual warfare around him. He let his pride get in the way and his actions brought consequences on himself and all of Jerusalem. We can fall to Satan’s whisperings as well, bringing repercussions on ourselves and those around us.
Next we see that God loved David too much to let him continue in his foolishness, so He brought strong discipline. Graciously, the Lord will do the same in our lives. Graciously because as you can see from the text, The Lord stopped the chastening as soon as the lesson was learned.  Here we see David’s response:
He repented:
1 Chron 21:17 “And David said unto God……even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed”
He also worshipped:
1 Chron 21:26  “And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD….”
And the Lord received it.
1 Chron 21:26 “….And He answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.”
The lesson remains here for us.
Do we forget the Lord in the good times? Do we let our guard down, forgetting that we are in a battle? How do we respond to the discipline of the Lord? Can we humbly confess before a loving God that He is right and we are wrong? Are we able to see His goodness and mercy through it all?  Do we know that His hand is heavy on us because He loves us so deeply?  Can we worship Him? Do we see our Savior standing in our place, accepted by the Father?
May the Lord lead us on to victory through this example.
Romans 15:4
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
-Lori Barber-