…the Kohathites are to come to do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. Numbers 4:15
I can so eagerly pray, “Here I am Lord, send me!” and, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening!”. However how willing am I really do what He says, the way He says?
Reading in 1 Chon. 13 David desires to bring the ark of God back into their presence. A good thing right! But things go completely wrong. They put the ark on a cart (the Philistines way of transporting it) and when the oxen stumbled Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark and fell down dead!! What? Poor Uzzah was just trying to help and David can’t understand God. In 1 Chron. 13:12 David asks, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” Have we ever asked questions of God and fel we meet with silence? Could it possibly be that the silence is because He has already answered us in His Scripture?! A closer look (Ex. 25:14, Numb. 4:15) would reveal that God had already given instruction on who the ark was to be transported by and how!
Until David figured out his mistake in doing a good thing the wrong way, a place was needed to house the ark. But would YOU be willing to house it?! After all, the Philistines were afflicted with a plague when they had it (1 Sam. 6:6) – Uzzah touches it and dies (1 Chon. 13) – the people of Beth-Shemesh open the ark to check contents and 70 die (1 Sam. 6:19). I can’t imagine there were too many volunteers! Then there was Obed-edom, who was willing. He was willing to trust God over his fear and God blessed his household and everything he had (1 Chron. 13:14).
Jesus, please give me a willing spirit to trust you in spite of fear and to hear Your Word instead of defaulting to selective hearing and going about things, even good things, my own way.
Independent Read: Psalm 18:30