June 5

2 Samuel 23:24-24:25; Acts 3:1-26; Psalm 123:1-4; Proverbs 16:21-23

In light of all that God has done for you, how do you demonstrate your gratitude? David was near the end of his life and committed a sin against God by calling for a census of Israel.

God offered David three options for his punishment and none of them were pleasant. It was an exercise in bad choices. David had enough wisdom to choose the option that had no human intervention. We are always better off in God’s hands than human hands.

In order to stop the punishment, God allows David to offer a sacrifice. Because David was the king, he could ask for anything and his subjects would give it to him. However, Araunah offered to give him the animals for the sacrifice and the threshing floor. David would not allow it!

He knew that the offering would mean nothing if it did not cost David anything. David had a heart of gratitude for God’s goodness. As you look at all that God has done for you, gladly and willingly give Him your best as an offering. He will honor it like He did David.

Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 1:1-53; Acts 4:1-37; Psalm 124:1-8; Proverbs 16:24

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