Are you at the brim of your miracle, don’t give up yet, He is a God of breakthrough and He is about to intervene in your situation.
Once David made a foolish decision to take a census of his fighting men in 2 Sam24. He becomes conscious stricken as he is aware of God’s word and he was sincere about having clean hands and pure heart.
David’s True Repentance
The Lord gave David, 3 choices, three years of famine or three months of fleeing from the enemy or three days of plague in the land. At this point David knew, there was no way out other than falling into the hands of the Lord.
In the plague, seventy thousands of the people had died. When the angel come to Jerusalem, the Lord had mercy on them and stopped the angel, so the angel withdrew his hand at the threshing floor of Araunah.
Prov 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Our choices in life will surely have an impact in life. Though we serve a merciful God who can turn things around for good, there are certain consequences to poor choices we make. It will have an effect on people around us as well.
Seeing the death of his own people, this time, David did not just ask for repentance but he humbled himself from his position of a King to an ordinary shepherd from where the Lord picked him up.
2 Sam 24: 17 …. he said to the Lord, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd, have done wrong….
How many of us come to the Lord and just say “I have sinned”? Many a time, we are so busy explaining to the Lord the reason for our action. Because of the circumstance, I made that decision or because someone said like this, I reacted that way or because of my bad childhood, I am making choices like this and so on… How long are we going to give excuses?
True repentance is when we come before the Lord and say “Lord I have sinned, please forgive me”
Immediately the Lord intervened. On that same day, Gad the prophet went to David and told him to build an altar to the Lord.
The Valuable Altar
As the Lord commanded, David went to the threshing floor of Araunah to build an altar to the Lord. Araunah is not a Hebrew, he is a Jebusite who is quite wealthy to own his own threshing floor. But he was quite generous to offer everything to David for free.
2 Sam 24:24 “….“No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” David did not want to offer anything to the Lord for free.
What is the cost that we are willing to pay to bring our worship and intercession to the Lord? Are we willing to give him the time, our repentant heart, clean hands, our finances and resources if required? It is not that the Lord would not have heard the prayers but David would not have received the blessing in full, Araunah would have reaped the blessing for it.
2 Sam 24:25 David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.
There he built an altar to the Lord and brought his fellowship or peace offering in another version. Then the Lord answered his prayers and the plague was stopped. Though the Lord had stopped the Angel, the plague was not completely stopped until he built the altar and brought the offering to Him.
Christ is our peace offering. He has brought peace and fellowship thru the cross. Only the cross can stand as an intervention between us and the enemy’s destruction if we come to him with true repentance.
If we want the Lord to intervene in any situation, either in the family, church, our Nation or personal lives, come to the valuable altar of the cross with a repentant heart for Him to intervene on our behalf. He has already got the victory for us on the Cross. Amen.
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