“‘I’m in a desperate situation!’ David replied to Gad. ‘But let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands’” (1 Chronicles 21:13, NLT).

Not too long ago, stories of man’s inhumanity to man shocked people. Now, books, movies and video games depicting cruel acts are so common and ubiquitous we’ve become insensitive to pain and even death. Studies are showing that kids growing up today will have seen so much violence by the time they’re adults, they will be rather indifferent to it and might even have trouble distinguishing between what’s real and what’s not.

When David found himself between a rock and a hard place (due to his own stupidity), he knew he’d be better off in the hands of God than man. He knew how cruel people could be to each other and decided to take his chances with God. Actually, he knew it wasn’t much of a risk because he had already experienced God’s love and mercy. If you read the whole chapter, you’ll see what looks like a cruel act on God’s part and no, I don’t really understand it either. But David trusted God to be merciful and understood grace even then. We can put ourselves in his merciful hands too—it’s better than the alternative!