1 Chronicles 15:13 For because ye did it not at first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.
I used to think it was enough just to believe in God and live a good life. The Bible was a guidebook on how to live the way God wanted – to love and serve others. I never thought about being so surrendered to God that I’d focus my life on following God’s orders.
Yet that’s what God wants from us…
He wants us to be closer to Him, to truly surrender our lives and follow Him. When we look to Him for that guidance, He can do SO much more with our lives than when we try to do it on our own.I’m learning that to truly follow God and live HIS better future for my life, I need HIS direction on which path to take and HIS help to stay on that path.
I recall sitting in a discussion about discerning God’s call on our lives. The speaker described the discernment process as feeling your way through a dimly lit room and searching for the next step to be illuminated, trusting and hoping you stepped in the right direction.
At the time, I felt I was in a pitch black room. I didn’t know which way to turn, what path God wanted me to take. I wasn’t really sure how this process was supposed to work.
So, I prayed. Prayed that I was going to take the next step I found and just trust that if I stepped in the wrong direction God was big enough to guide me back. Then I began to take itty bitty baby steps forward, trying to see the path, trying to find even the dim light.
As I took more steps into the discernment process, the most amazing thing happened – the path began to light up. Not the brightly lit yellow brick road leading me to some clear destination (wouldn’t that be great!), but rather one stepping stone at a time bathed in the dim light. Just enough light to see where I should step next, but still shrouding the full path in darkness. But what happens when we don’t follow his order?
After David became King of Israel he consulted with the people and suggested that they carry up the Ark of the Covenant from Kiriath Jearim. The Ark was placed on a new cart that was being guided by Uzza and Ahio. At a certain point the oxen stumbled and Uzza put forth his hand and held the Ark to keep it from falling. Instantly, the Lord smote him because only the Levites were permitted to touch the Ark. The moral of the story is that we must maintain divine order at all cost. It is the Levites that were tasked with the responsibility of carrying the Ark and David mistakenly allowed others and a life was lost as a result of it. When divine order is breached, things that should live, will die. God has set rules and principles to ensure order, we must hold fast to them.
Life Application: Identify every area of your life where there is disorder and write and action the rules necessary to recreate order.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to never step outside of the order that you have for my life. Help me to follow your instructions without trying to do things on my own. Illuminate your word so that I will follow your precepts. In Jesus name, amen.