Good intentions.. is that all that matters?
Good intentions are very welcome and commendable but is that all that matters? Things must pass through due processes. David unlike king Saul before him is concerned about the ark of the covenant which the children of Israel lost to the Philistines in battle.
From the days of Eli through the reign of Saul the ark has not been in Shiloh. Hence it is highly commendable of David to attempt to address this anomaly. So he conferred with his army officers and all Israel to get it back. His mistake however is the wrong step he took. He failed to confirm with the right people.
From the books of Deuteronomy and numbers God specifically gives the task to the Levites and Kohahites in particular. Only people of this tribe are eligible in Israel to perform this role of carrying the holy things of the inner sanctuary whenever the need arises. Uzzah became the scapegoat. Ignorance is rightly no excuse at law.
God’s work must be done God’s way else there will be repercussions. He has given laid down guidelines for everything that pertains to life and godliness. Zeal is good but must be backed up by Knowledge.
This is very important today when so many doctrines and strange teachings are propping up everyday in Christendom. Believers should be armed with the right biblical principles and teachings. This in turn requires humility to learn from the spirit of God in personal study and from the right teachers he has appointed.
So what? Be zealous for the lord. In fact, let the zeal for the lord’s house consume you as it did Jesus but…be sure to get knowledge as well. Buy Truth do not sell it. The truth is JESUS. Everything you need for service in ministry is available in him. If you maintain a close intimate relationship with Jesus as in John 15:5, you will never be disgraced.