In 1 Chronicles 21:1-2, the devil led David to number Israel; consequently, God was angry with him. On the surface, it appears there is nothing wrong with a census exercise but in this case there was. Why was God angry with a man after his heart? It was because of the motive not the act; God made it clear to Samuel, when he went to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons as king over Israel, he looks at the heart. Furthermore, Mary also laughed when the angel of the lord told Abraham, she would conceive at old age- she denied laughing out of fear not because she wanted to ridicule God.

Motive is as important as the action itself- David numbered Israel because he was trying to justify their victories with their population. Going down memory lane, Israel has never been a large nation vis-à-vis population. From the bible, about 3 million Jews entered the promised land; the 2013 population estimate is 8,051,200 according to Wikipedia. Nevertheless, they have fought historical battles with nations quadruple their number and prevailed because of God.

God was angry with David and 70,000 people died as a result of the fallout of the census he conducted. When Israel disobeyed God via Archan’s indiscretion, a small nation Ai, humiliated them-This goes a long way to buttress the source of their victories.

The walls of Jericho fell down via trumpets and not ballistic missiles; God told Jehoshaphat to leave the battle to him- he did and God fought for them. The Egyptians perished in the sea via the supernatural works of God not of man. Gideon came to God with more than 20,000 soldiers; God reduced them to 300, because they would have attributed the victory to their number.

They that put their trust in the lord shall be as mount Zion which can’t be removed but abideth forever. God is all we need to have all our needs met and fight our battles. Our trust must not be in our money, ideas, people…; we must look unto the author and finisher of our faith. He’s the beginning and the ending- there’s a way that seems right to a man but the end leads to destruction. God is omniscient-he knows everything, let’s put our trust in him, because the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God.