Have you ever been so excited about what God is showing you, you can’t wait to make plans to set His vision in motion? Has God given you a victory in one area and your excitement carries you into making plans for another area? This is exactly where we find David in 2 Samuel.
He had finally become king after patiently waiting for years. He had been anointed king far before the actual event took place. He was winning battles and life was going great! So, he decides to move in his troops and bring back the Ark of God.
We pick up the story in 2 Samuel 6:3
“They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart that carried the Ark of God. Ahio walked in front of the Ark. David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.”
What a party they were throwing! Such a celebration! But a closer look at the continuing story in verse 6 spoils the enthusiasm.
“But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. Then the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God.”
How tragic! This is the point at which most people get angry with God, including David. How unfair! Uzzah was merely trying to help after all. But, in David’s enthusiasm and excitement to bring a nation back to God he had neglected to obey God. The book of Numbers lays out specific requirements for transporting the Ark, including who was to carry it and how it was to be handled. Touching the Ark was a capital offense under Hebrew law.
The Life Application Study Bible puts it this way, “God had to remind the nation dramatically that enthusiasm must be accompanied by obedience to his laws.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been guilty of running ahead of God sometimes. I get so excited about what I feel like He’s doing that I don’t stop to consider the process. God is a God of order and process. The Bible is full of examples of His meticulous plans and instructions. While we are no longer slaves to the detailed laws of the Old Testament, God is unchanging. He still has the perfect process in mind to set His plans in motion. We just need to be patient enough to wait on His timing and spend the time needed in His presence to hear clearly from Him.
David did eventually move the Ark to Jerusalem, but the next time went so much better as David followed the Lord’s commands and ways set out before him. God’s not in a hurry, but sometimes we are. Maybe that could be why we get so tried and run down? If we are trying to make things happen that God hasn’t intended to happen yet we might as well be trying to move a brick wall! We have to trust God and the process. What He has in mind will come to pass, in His way and His time!
Father, thank You for the gentle reminder that we need to exercise patient and process to accomplish what You have set before us. May we be ever listening to Your still small voice for direction and guidance. Amen.