Can Numbers Cause You to Sin?

Did you know that "numbers" can cause you to sin? 😬 😳

At least that is what happened to King David.

Now, hear me out... don't stop reading!

Satan was able to use numbers or the counting of people to cause David to sin. Satan can do the same thing in our lives.

1 Chronicles 21:1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census.

Taking a census, counting people, is not sinful in and of itself. However, when David went to count people he was replacing trust in God with statistics.

1 Chronicles 21:8 David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

How many times have numbers caused us to distrust God and what He has to say to us and about us?

  • The number of likes on social media. We can get our self-worth from numbers, not realizing I am a child of God. He loves me and He is for me.

  • Numbers cause us to compare ourselves to others. Galatians 6:4-5 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct. It is so easy to compare church numbers, follower numbers, conference numbers, a product sold number, salary numbers and then base our worth on those numbers.

  • Numbers of money. God is our provider and it is so easy to be jealous of the money others make. We can base our worth on what we get paid or what we are able to buy with money.

  • Number that pops up when we step on the scale. If the number is down, we can be so happy and in a good mood. If the number is up, we can become depressed, condemn ourselves and start to feel hopeless.

Verse 24 we see King David is willing to pay the price to make things right.

24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it for the full price. I will not take what is yours and give it to the Lord. I will not present burnt offerings that have cost me nothing!” 25 So David gave Araunah 600 pieces of gold[b] in payment for the threshing floor.

So like King David, we might need to repent that we have trusted in numbers and not God. We might even need to do something that costs us, to get things in order.

For example, take a break from social media and spend some time learning who God says we are.

We might need to spend some time loving ourselves, so we can love others and not play the comparison game.

If we are basing our worth on our income, maybe we need to make sure we are being generous with our money and helping those in need.

If the scale determines your mood, don't get on it! Live in the joy of the Lord. If you need help, get help. It will help you to stop the chaos of the numbers on the scale.

Don't let satan use numbers to rise up against you, speak lies to you, and get you in a pit. Let faith rise up in you and trust God. He is for you and He has great plans and purposes for your life.

Declare this out loud:

I trust God!

Even when I don't understand I trust God!

Numbers do not define me.

God loves me and likes me!

I was created for a purpose.

I do not need to compare my life with another.

I can rejoice when good things happen to other people.

God is my provider.

I can be generous.

My weight does not control my mood.

God is the lifter of my head.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Numbers are not bad, it's what I do with them that matters.

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