1 Chronicles 13:2, 3 “And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us: And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.”
David; probably one of the greatest kings of Israel and known as a man after God’s own heart, did not always do the the right thing or right things in the right way. In this account of bringing the ark of God to rest in the capitol, Jerusalem; we find that David consulted every leader – great and small. He gathered what everyone thought they should do and acted on it.
He stepped out with great pomp and circumstance to do what everyone agreed was the right thing to do. As the procession came to a rough spot in the road, the ark – which was resting on a cart – was jarred loose and looked as if it was going to fall. Uzza, one of those close by, reached out to keep the ark from falling. Though he stopped the ark from falling, God struck him and took him for touching the ark.
Everyone was shocked! Why would God do such a thing? What we were doing was a good and right thing – right?
Our God is a God of order.
1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let all things be done decently and in order.”
David realized there was something wrong. He left the ark with one of the Levites, Obededom. We read later that he must have been instructed properly about how to transport the ark. Not on a cart, but with the staves made to be borne on the shoulders of the Levitical priesthood whom God ordained to do so.
David had zeal. But that zeal without the proper knowledge can be dangerous – even deadly; as David quickly learned. Often, we find a nugget of truth and run with it without consulting God about the application of that truth.
In the next chapter we find the Philistines coming up against Israel. David sought God to ask IF he should go against them, and then, when that was confirmed; HOW should he go against them. It was a revelation. He prospered at something by doing what God told him to do.
1 Chronicles 15:1, 2 “And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.”
Information is important. What we do with that information could mean life or death for us and those around us. Far more important is the truth that has been entrusted to us by our Heavenly Father to do with it as He sees fit.
This old world is going to reject the truth. Recently, it has been reported that a governor of one of the states here in America wants to outlaw the bible. Just as Hitler burned books that went against his ideology and would have created a thinking people, our enemy seeks to control our minds and our thoughts.
How we are influenced and who we allow to influence us matters. David sought counsel of all his leaders. Good – right? After that he brought it before the people and they agreed that it would be right. Looking back, was it right? Uzza’s death could have been avoided had David done according as God had instructed.
Lastly, David said originally; “…If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God,”
Just because it says it in the bible doesn’t mean it is applicable in every situation. Yes, it is truth. It may be the difference between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. God exercises mercy and grace where His law would command and demand to do otherwise.
We must depend on the relationship we have with God to guide us with discernment between what is right and what is right for the situation. Seeking the majority could send us in the wrong direction. Forgetting to seek God and His direction could be deadly; for us and those around us.
Philippians 4:6, 7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”