the anger of the Lord our God burst out against us.
We failed to ask God how to move it properly.”
1 Chronicles 15:13-14
Oh, the lessons to be learned from the life of David, King of Israel! The ark of the Lord had previously been moved from the land of the Philistines and from one place to another. In the second moving of the ark, one of the men touched it as it began to tip and died instantly. David's response was anger toward the Lord. His heart was right in wanting to move it; his desire was to move it to Jerusalem, where it rightfully should have been. So in David's mind, why would God do such a thing? Chapter 13 tells us:
David was now afraid of God, and he asked,
“How can I ever bring the Ark of God back into my care?”
So David did not move the Ark into the City of David.
Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.
The Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s house
for three months, and the Lord blessed the
household of Obed-edom and everything he owned.
But David, being a man after God's own heart, did what any man of God should do: He sought the Lord. By seeking God through His Word, he found the answer to his query, "How can I ever bring the Ark of God back into my care?" God's answer? Do it right!
How many times have I gone out on my own to do something that I thought was surely God's will--without seeking His answer through His Word first--and fallen flat on my face? I believe that we can find most answers to life's queries through the Word that He has given us. Our response to Him should be, "Yes, Lord. I'll do it your way." Unfortunately, our mortal minds can make anything seem like the will of God for us, or make us think that God has spoken to us in a certain way. Was it God's will for David to move the ark? Yes. Was it God's will for it to be moved in the method by which it was moved? No!
He failed to ask God.
Let's not fail to ask,