Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 9, 2015

“Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel 24:1-14.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.”  2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, “Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and register the people, that I may know the number of the people.”  3 But Joab said to the king, “Now may the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see;  but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?”  4 Nevertheless, the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the army.  So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to register the people of Israel.

And Joab gave the number of the registration of the people to the king;  and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

10 Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people.  So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done.  But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”  11 When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, 12 “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the Lord says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’”  13 So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land?  Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you?  Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land?  Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”  14 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress.  Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”  2 Samuel 24:  Verses 1-4 and 9-14.


Rather than count our strengths like David counted his army in today’s Scripture, we need to count our blessings.  “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”  Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9.

We are all in great distress because of our sins.  The only question is:  Do we want to fall into the hand of man or the hand of God?

Most doctrines choose the hand of man.  “Give us the free-will of man!  We will do the works to appease God or at least be wise enough to choose Christ.  We want our fate in our own hands.”

But, Reformed Doctrine chooses the hand of God.  “Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”  Verse 14.

And so, Reformed Doctrine embraces “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of Saints” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, all of which are in the hand of God.


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