Wednesday May 5
Text: 1Chronicles 15:1-15
Theme: God of Order
God is a God of Order indeed. David must have supposed the preparations he made at first were enough. Little did he know that he was leaving out a very crucial aspect. God’s work must be done God’s way for it to be acceptable to him. This is why he reiterates all over the scriptures: ‘obedience is better than sacrifice’ and to ‘pay attention than to offer the sacrifice of fools’.
What David and the entire Israel did at first could be likened to the sacrifice of fools. They made a huge preparation and were glad that they were doing God a right service. Surprisingly, instead of blessing, God showed up in anger. Isn’t this kind of behaviour rampant amongst believers today? We prepare so many grandiose events and showcase a lot of pomp but instead of blessing we receive wages of sin. This is as a result of offering ‘profane fires’ to the lord.
So, in today’s study we are seeing a different David. He knows something is wrong but didn’t know what. Hence he took time to make necessary enquiries and consultations. From verse one, this time of enquiry was the time it took him to build a house for himself and also a place for the ark to be kept. Quite a long time right? But he needed to get things done properly and acceptably. Therefore, in verse 2 he declares
no one but the Levites may Carry the ark of God
This is actually what matters most to God. Doing things according to his principles and precepts. It is very good and commendable to desire to do ‘something’ for God, but more important to do it accordingly. Hence careful and adequate preparations are crucial. God is a God of order. He hates haphazardness. He has laid down principles and order for everything we may wish to do.
In conclusion, you must take time in personal study and careful consultations with trustworthy elders in the faith to ensure you’re doing that ‘something’ God’s way. Many have received and answered wrong calls today because of impatience. Avoid haste. Patiently seek the lord’s opinion and direction. For in the multitude of counselors a plan succeeds (Proverbs 15:22)