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 24:14
The context of this verse in the wrap-up portion of 2 Samuel is that David sinned by numbering the people of Israel and God sent Gad to offer David three possible disciplinary actions for that sin. David’s response? Let us (all of Israel) fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great.
When things get tough, I am tempted to go to people about it. There’s nothing wrong with seeking out brothers in Christ to pray with and for me in difficult circumstances, but to seek out man’s solution to things is problematic. My wife and I have been looking for a home to buy for over two years now. The major issue is that there is nothing in a price range that we can afford that will meet our needs. Man’s solution to this problem would be to work longer hours and all the overtime I can to earn more money; maybe even look for a new job that pays better or is in a different place and would allow us to look somewhere more affordable for housing. Man might also suggest having both my wife and I work full time and just pay the extra money for one of the houses that’s closest to what we can afford. Neither of these is God’s solution. At the moment, God’s solution is for me to wait and trust that He will act in His own time. And that’s challenging. But it brings this whole thing back around to the original point: God’s mercies are great.
Yes, waiting is difficult and taxes all my meager mental and emotional resources. But God wants to fill those resource pools with His resources until they overflow and my meager resources become a bounty. Yes, I could try to do things man’s way and overextend the family finances or work extra hours or try to find a new and better-paying job or ask my wife to work full time and leave our daughter to daycare. But God asks me to trust that He can multiply even what seems like a pittance into plenty and that He will honor our choice to be the ones who raise our daughter and not relegate her upbringing to daycare workers.
In the midst of all that stretching and challenge, God’s mercies are great. He gives mercy to endure the search, though it just keeps dragging on. He gives mercy in that our finances are always sufficient to sustain us and generally enough to squirrel away a bit to increase our potential down payment. He gives mercy in the rent on our place — which is phenomenal and causes eyebrows to disappear into hairlines when spoken of. And the list goes on. No matter how difficult things may seem, no matter how hopeless a situation may appear, no matter how badly I may have screwed up God’s mercies are great. Let us fall into the hands of God, for His mercies are great. Amen and amen.