The king’s word, however, overruled Joab; so Joab left and went throughout Israel and then came back to Jerusalem. 1 Chronicles 21:4
Somehow Satan was able to get David to choose to take a census of all the people of Israel. This went directly against the law that God had given Moses for the Israelites to follow. Joab tried to get David to back down on his request to take the census, but David’s word ruled, since he was the king. Joab did take the census as ordered, but afterwards, God was angry and many people of Israel were killed by an angel of the Lord.
Most leaders surround themselves with other people who can give them counsel on how to be the best leader possible. The president of the United States has many different people to guide him in various areas of leadership. There is too much information that is needed for one person to understand everything and be able to make the correct decisions on his own.
Each of these people have their belief in what is the best choice to make, based off of information that they believe is correct. Some of these people will be giving counsel that is good for the people as a whole, while others will give counsel that is focused only on being good for a few.
The challenge comes at the point of having to choose whether to follow the given counsel or not.
David was given counsel by the devil to take the census. When warned not to take that counsel and to follow the counsel of God, he rejected it. This caused a downfall and punishment.
There are times in your life when you will be looking to do something that may not be right in the eyes of God. A good, trusted friend, who is a servant of God, may try to give you counsel in not going down that path. Or you may hear a sermon or read something that speaks against that choice. These things are good counsel that is coming from God to guide you.
What choice will you make?
Do not be like David was and reject the good counsel being given. Stop and take a look at what God’s word says and verify that the counsel would be the same as His, and then choose to follow it. Do not bring God’s anger upon you by rejecting good counsel.
I pray today that you will hear God’s word to you; that you will reject the counsel of this world; that you will choose to follow God’s directions; and that you will always walk in God’s ways.