HEAR AND OBEY WHAT GOD SAYS!
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD of hosts was with him. —I Chronicles 11:9
And David did as God commanded him… —I Chronicles 13:16
Come and see what God has done… —Psalm 66:5
When the Lord is with us He will do whatever He desires in and through us. The reason David grew greater and greater is because the Lord was with him and David was fulfilling the plans and purposes of God. Brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, Jeus is with us. He said He would be with us until the end of the age! (Matthew 28:20). He said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). God can and will do anything He desires through those who trust in Him. Will you trust Him to do what He desires to do in and through you?
There are times when the followers of God do as He commands. They listen to His Word and obey. But even those who God is working through fail. This failure occurs because of not adhering to the revealed will of God, not listening to His Word (Exodus 25:10-15). We need to be faithful to what God says. When we don’t, there are consequences. When we don’t, it could not only affect ourselves, but others— even their death!
And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart. And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark, and he died there before God. And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” So David did not take the ark home into the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite” (I Chronicles 13:7-13).
David did not do things according to what God had said (Exodus 25:10-15). So, instead of a time of celebration and rejoicing, the experience ended in the death of Uzzah, David becoming angry with God and fearful of God. He had a zeal and passion to do the right thing, but he did it the wrong way— a way of disobedience. He was doing the right thing, but doing it in disobedience. Wow… think about that for ourselves. Is what we are doing passionately for God according to His Word or our own desires!
Do you see what God has done in David’s life? Let us learn from his life! Praise God also and “Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!” (Psalm 66:20). We may fail, but God hears our prayer and His steadfast love is always towards us… even in our failure. So… learn from failure— ours and others— and continue to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxqHo2Pvfm0