Seize the Moment – Day 783

Walk in the Authorized Way of God!

2 Samuel 6


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, May 9.


We are becoming progressively more a utilitarian, results-oriented society, and we are often so focused on the end-product that we forget the importance of the process. There is a right way to do things and there are consequences when you take short cuts. As you have heard it said, if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right.


The importance of doing something the right way is emphasized in the story of King David when he was leading the effort to move the ark of God to Jerusalem. For whatever reason, David and his men were not following the authorized way to move the ark. First, they put the ark on a cart so that the oxen could pull it, instead of using poles so that people could walk with it (Exodus 25:13-14). This led to an accident when one of David’s men reached out and touched that which was forbidden, bringing God’s wrath upon himself in 2 Samuel 6:6-7:


But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.


Uzzah appears to have had the best of intentions in securing the ark, but he was still struck down for touching it. It is not that God doesn’t want people to approach Him, the ark manifested God’s presence during this time in Israel’s history, it is that God establishes an authorized way to come to Him and we must submit to His ways, regardless of our good ideas or best of intentions of how we want to experience God.


Seize the moment and approach God through His Son Jesus Christ – the only authorized way to come to Him (John 14:6).
God bless you!
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