When Rash is Wrong
“Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, ‘Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.’ But Joab said, ‘ . . . Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?’ But the king’s word prevailed against Joab. . . And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. . . But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.” (vs. 1-7)
David made a rash, immediate, and quick decision that cost him. David didn’t trust the LORD, so he counted the troops to ‘make sure’ he had enough men to go to war. He made a rash decision to number Israel and Judah. He didn’t seek wisdom from the Lord. He didn’t stop to consider the ramifications of what he was doing. The counsel he did receive (from Joab) was refused. His rash decision proved he didn’t trust God. His rash decision caused heartache for himself and the entire nation (see the rest of the chapter).
Then I read this in Proverbs 1:
“Wisdom cries out in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. . . whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (vs. 20-23, 33)
The lesson? Rash, quick, and immediate ‘big’ decisions that affect people almost always fail. They often demonstrate a lack of trust in the LORD to carry out what He promised. They usually backfire and cause pain and regret. Wisdom, however, trusts the LORD. Wisdom seeks counsel. Wisdom is patient and waits on the LORD.
Satan loves to make us think we have to make a HUGE decision right now. He loves for us NOT to trust the Lord and watch us make big mistakes that take a while to clean up.
Stop. Listen. Wait. Seek. Heed. Sleep on it. God will still be God tomorrow. Making that decision now might cause a dread of disaster. Stopping to listen, however, will bring ease and security.
Is there something you need to stop and consider first before you demonstrate a lack of trust in the Lord?