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Return Of The Ark Text -1 CHRONICLES 13:1-14

Key Verse: “And David
went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which
belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that
dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it” (1
Chronicles 13:6 ).

One of the tests of
leadership is the ability to recognize a
problem before it becomes an emergency” – Arnold H. Glasow. In emergency
situations, even the best of leaders resort to panic actions. 
The ark, a symbol of God’s presence, power and protection had been
captured and kept by the Philistines for seven months. It was later
returned to Israel and kept at Kirjath-jearim, about ten miles from
Jerusalem. But king Saul, throughout

his reign, treated the ark with disdain as it lay in obscurity. 

At
Hebron, David had been made king over all Israel (1 Chronicles
12:38-40), and one of his foremost duties was to mobilize the people to
bring back the ark to Jerusalem without any delay. And this they did
with great pomp, joy and dancing. 
No matter how important and noble our work for the Lord might seem, it
is a grievous sin to take Him for granted. Uzza learnt the hard way.
While the ark was being brought back to Jerusalem, he put forth his hand
to hold and prevent it from falling – a forbidden act. He was
immediately visited with the wrath of God; he died. Surrounding the
entire episode of Uzza’s ignoble act was the prize of doing a noble deed
in an ignoble manner. 
The prescription of the law was that the ark
should be carried by the sons of Kohath and specifically prohibited the
use of a cart; neither should it be touched by a human hand.
As we engage in the work of the Lord, we must ensure we do so, not
perfunctorily, but with due diligence,

reverence and promptness. 

This is because God’s work is a serious
business and we must see it as David regarded it. A carefree and
presumptuous attitude to the work of the ministry should be abhorred and
avoided. 

Thought for the day: Love and reverence, not expediency, must characterize our work for God.
Culled from DCLM Daily Manna

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