“One of the tests of leadership is the ability to spot a problem before it becomes an emergency,” remarked Arnold Glasow. Many leaders react in a panicked manner in emergency situations.
“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).
The Philistines had taken the ark, a symbol of God's presence, strength, and protection, and held it for seven months. It was eventually returned to Israel and stored in Kirjathjearim. And, while the ark languished in obscurity during King Saul's reign, he treated it with contempt. When David became king of Israel, however, one of his first orders of business was to mobilize and return the ark to Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, taking God for granted is a terrible sin. While the ark was being brought back, Uzzah was taught this lesson when he put out his hand to hold the ark, which was a forbidden act. He was suddenly visited by God's anger. Uzzah's act was the reward for performing a good act in an ignoble manner. The ark was to be carried by the sons of Kohath in a cart and should not be touched by a human hand, according to the rules.
We must approach the Lord's task with diligence and devotion, as well as punctuality and promptness. This is because God's task is serious business, and we must approach it in the same way that David did. A casual and arrogant attitude toward the ministry's job should be despised and avoided.
Serving God is a requirement for all believers. Serving Him, on the other hand, must be done in accordance with His standards of holiness and righteousness. He will not accept any service that does not meet these requirements.
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