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KOINONIA DEVOTIONAL

1 Chronicles 13:10 – Best Intentions...

   

There have been times in my life (and I’m sure in every believer’s life) that I felt I knew God’s goal in a particular thing well enough that I could make a move toward that goal without consulting Him or His word. Sometimes it fell flat, sometimes it worked out but felt hollow. Other times it failed spectacularly.

   

In the leadup to 1 Chronicles 13, Saul has died and Israel has united behind David and anointed him as king, fulfilling Samuel’s prophecy. David desired to restore Israel to its God-centered glory and, to that end, decided to bring the ark back to Jerusalem. In his eagerness to bring God’s symbolic presence back to Jerusalem, David failed to do some basic research on the care and treatment of the ark. David had the ark placed on a new wagon drawn by oxen and began a joyous parade back to Jerusalem.

   

Unfortunately for Uzza, one of the ox drivers, David had neglected to remember that only Levites could transport the ark and, even then, they could not touch it but carried it on their shoulders with wooden poles passed through rings on the ark. When the wagon jostled, Uzza reached out to steady the ark and God struck Uzza dead.

   

David’s oversight cost Uzza his life.

   

David’s next actions were to stop immediately, go home and do some research. 1 Chronicles 13:14 says the ark remained there in the home of Obed-Edom for three months, so David was apparently taking the situation seriously.

   

When David returned for the ark to complete its journey to Jerusalem, he did it correctly with the Levites and wooden poles and proper reverence for the symbolic seat of the Lord. He also carried a contrite heart, as 1 Chronicles 15:13 relates “…the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.”

   

The wisdom in Proverbs 14:12 admonishes us “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Uzza experienced that firsthand. Without heeding God’s counsel, it seemed right to put out his hand an steady the ark.

   

Consulting God’s word on the handling of the ark seems elementary- of COURSE you’d want to show the respect it commanded by observing the protocols required by God. How much more should we consult God on our handling of His gift to each of us- eternal life? I exchanged my sin for Jesus Christ’s righteousness; knowing that He died in my place should inspire me to live from that moment as if I am living in His place.

   

Israel had strayed from their faith, as symbolized by Saul’s consultation with a witch. In his desire to restore the fallen kingdom, David forgot the steps for handling the ark. David is called “a man after God’s own heart” in 1 Samuel 13:14 and by Paul in Acts 13:22. David failed in something so profound as moving the ark. Not only do we have David’s example of how to restore oneself to harmony with God’s desires, we also have the words of caution and exhortation from Jesus Christ Himself: “Remember from where you have fallen; repeat and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place- unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:5)

   

If you have drifted from your relationship with God, stop. Go back to that day of simple faith and, in love with your Redeemer, say “my God, forgive me. I love You and trust You…” Begin again.

   

In Christ’s love,

Rob Lake


 
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