Despite being a witness to God’s goodness and blessings, David’s pride overtakes him, and he orders his leaders to take a census of his fighting men to see how many people are in his army. As a result, God sends a plague to Israel as the punishment for David’s sin. David feels guilt, repents of his sin, and offers sacrifices to God. God hears his prayers and stops the plague.
Pride is the root cause of our sins. When we let pride get the best of us, we take credit for what God is doing in our lives. God gives us a conscience to help us realize what we’ve done and feel the guilt that leads us to repentance. When we repent, we fall into the hands of God.
Sermon Text: 2 Samuel 24