And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” 2 Samuel 24:10
Many people play a numbers game believing it gives them more power or popularity.
Of course, every store owner wants more customers, every radio station wants more listeners, every politician wants more votes, pastor’s want more parishioners, and teens want more followers on social media.
You may find yourself wanting a bigger number in some aspect of your life.
However, don’t depend on a large number for stability. Large numbers can easily become a small number.
Customers begin preferring another store.
Listeners switch the channel.
Voters like a different candidate.
People prefer a different church for their kids, because of distance, or they have something different to do on Sunday.
And popular social media today may become unpopular tomorrow.
King David was provoked to find out the size of his army. The number given is 1.3 Million.
That’s not a shabby number for a standing army. A person could feel pretty secure with such a large number and that is the problem.
David hears the number and believes the same thing – I am secure from my enemies with such a large army.
An army did not secure the throne for David – GOD DID!
True security comes by faith in God, not large numbers.