I don't know about you but I just cannot stop sinning. No matter how much I pray, how much time I spend in the Word or at church, I sin everyday! Discouraging!!
How would you feel if you sinned and had to choose your own punishment? That would be the worst! That is what happened to David in I Chronicles 21:11-13. David messed up big time by taking a census that God did not approve of. In return for his disobedience, God gave David three choices of punishment.
1. 3 years of famine
2. 3 months of destruction by sword at the hands of his enemies
3. 3 days of devastating severe plague
Can you imagine having to choose your own punishment? Having it handed to you so cut and dried? Having to choose a punishment that would devastate and cause great suffering not only to you but to your family and friends and entire town?
I am sure my sins are just as far reaching and damaging to His kingdom even though I don't often know the consequences. I have no doubt that many things I have said and done have been devastating to others along the way. But, man, what a blow to be publicly punished and others thrown in too because of your sin. None of these would be good choices! But, by God's mercy he let David choose 3 days instead of 3 years or months, and allowed David to choose the punishment at God's hands instead of handing him over to his enemies! How completely gracious!
I learned today that despite my ongoing struggle with sin, I can still be a woman that seeks God's heart. And, regardless of my sin I can go to the Lord and even in punishment He reveals His love for me! How amazing!