Today’s reading II Samuel 23-24
II Samuel 24:10 And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
David has counted the armies. He wants to know just how strong they are! He wants to consider what he and his army can accomplish. God didn’t want them counting the army. God wanted them to trust Him and what He could do and not what they had and they were able to accomplish.
This was the same mistake that the nation of Israel made when the ten spies told them that they would not be able to take the promised land. They were looking at their own resources instead of what God was able to do.
That is a problem we face. We are to count the cost. We should be careful to know what we are doing but if we are not careful we will not look in faith and what God can do. It is easy to see your bank account, your ability, your strength, your reality and leave God out of the equation.
God’s work will always be done by God’s power and ability! We must step out by faith not in what we can do or what we have but in Him and His power!