Two men were out hunting and were charged by a grizzly bear. Out of fright they dropped their guns and one climbed a tree and the other sought refuge in a cave. The bear smiled on his good fortune and decided to sit and wait for his meals. The man in the cave suddenly appeared and then ran back into the cave. He did this three times and finally the man in the tree yelled "don't be foolish, stay put in the cave!" The man answered, "I can't there is a bear in the cave!"
When there are no easy choices we sometimes use the phrase, "between a rock and a hard place." In such times we feel like we have reached the end of our rope, and that we have run out of options.
King David found himself in just such a place, as recorded in I Chronicles 21. He had led the nation in sin against God, and through the prophet Gad, was presented with three options. 1) Three years of famine. 2) Three months under the sword of their enemies. 3) Three days of pestilence. They were all bad choices, but they were the only ones he had. It's easy to give counsel when there is a obvious safe choice, it's not so easy when your stuck in this type of situation.
David ended up choosing door number three. Judgment was near and 70,000 fell in Israel. After a bad decision, or several bad decisions, we may find ourselves with few options. But we can learn from David's predicament. 1) David accepted the consequences for his sin and received the correction of God. 2) David cast himself upon the mercy of God, and God brought an end to the pestilence before it reached the city of Jerusalem. 3) David also personally repented before God.
Often time we are faced with difficult circumstances, sometimes of our own making. But all hope is not lost. With our God's guidance we can make better choices in the future, and our God can redeem any situation.
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