I Corinthians 5:6

Joab came to David, warning him to not take a census of the people.

But what could be so wrong with figuring out how many people are in your kingdom? After all, it’s just a number…just information. It’s not that big of a deal, right?

The problem with the census was:

a)God commanded against it.

b)God knew the numbers could lead to pride and independence from God.

Sadly David refused Joab’s advice. He numbered the people. As a result David was punished. Seventy thousand of his men died of a pestilence.

Sometimes we talk ourselves into doing something impure because “it’s not that bad”. But the word of God tells us that even just a little bit of evil can ruin a good thing.

Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that sin isn’t sin.