Paul Carter – Why Do I Do Stupid and Sinful Things?

Why do I do stupid things? Where do those desires come from? How did that idea pop into my head?

The answer is more complicated than you might think. Consider the following verses reflecting upon the same incident in King David’s life:

Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. (1 Chronicles 21:1 ESV)

Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” (2 Samuel 24:1 ESV)

And David said to God, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done this thing. (1 Chronicles 21:8 ESV)

Satan was involved. God was involved. David was involved.

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