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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Don’t Trifle With God”
God and His word are not to be trifled with.
The story is found in 1 Chronicles 13. King David desired above all else to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.
Now the Ark, or what is also known as God’s mercy seat (Exodus 25:17), was a representation of God presence on earth (Exodus 25:22).
This is brought out in 1 Chronicles 13:6. “Bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed.”
However, instead of the priest carrying the Ark as revealed in the Scriptures (Exodus 25:14; 1 Chronicles 15:2, 12-15), David decided to put the Ark on a new cart and pull it with a team of oxen.
In David’s mind they were honoring God, especially in their worshipping God as the Ark was preceded to its designation (1 Chronicles 13:8). As a result, God struck Uzzah when he stretched out his hand to steady and protect the Ark from falling (1 Chronicles 13:9-11).
God is holy, and we are to honor that holiness in the way we treat the things of God, and more specifically, God’s word by living our lives in accordance with it.
What I see is that we can do all sorts of religious stuff to show our love for God, but if we are not doing it according to God’s way as outlined in His word, then it’s all for not.
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
It’s not that God didn’t want to be honored and to be brought into the midst of His people’s everyday life. He just wanted to be honored His way through the people’s obedience.
What David experienced firsthand is that the presence of a holy God is not something to be trifled with.
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