The ark was carried on a cart, not the way God had told them to carry it and when the cart hit a bump in the road a well meaning man named Uzzah reached his hand out and steadied the ark.
He died instantly. David, understandably upset, left the ark at the home of Obed-Edom.
The Bible tells us that the household of Obed-Edom was blessed in the three months that the ark was at his home.
Obed-Edom didn’t fall in love with the blessings of the ark. Sure he was thrilled that his crops were growing larger and better than anyone for miles, or that we can most likely assume that there was a constant light source coming from the ark glowing and radiating continually. The blessings just continued to flow for him.
No, Obed-Edom fell in love with the presence of God. He ended his message by saying that once the ark was taken back to Jerusalem, Obed-Edom and his sons left their home and served at the temple just to be near the presence of God.
This verse came to mind Psalm 84:10,
“For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
Like Obed-Edom, fall in love with the presence of God, leave everything behind and serve Him with everything you have.
Yet there have been times in your life when all of it has seemed so overwhelming. You see, I get why David just grabbed a cart and put the ark on top of it.
It was easier, it was faster and it made more sense. From point A to point B as fast as possible. As I read this account and keep thinking about Uzzah, To look at it, he was trying to help!
However He had forgotten that the ark carried the presence of the living God. It was holy. It was God Himself, and Uzzah thought he could offer “a little help”.
You see this is us a lot of times, we are always ready with our plans, opinions and well laid out spreadsheets of all the ways we know or think God should move.
Yet, lately God has just been continually reminding me, “I’ve got this. I do not need your help”.
And so in the midst of your own uncertainties let those prayers change. Instead of reaching out to the ark to “get it in line” to “keep it from falling” or “straighten things out” we need to pray,
“God this is NOT a surprise to you!
You KNOW this day, you made it, you formed it, you have been in it long before I was born.
You are the one who needs to handle what happens today.
You know this situation, I don’t want to be in love with your solution, I want to be in love with you.”
Obed-Edom, the Gatekeeper left his prosperous farm behind, because if he couldn’t be near the presence of God, nothing else mattered.
You see Obed-Edom knew where the real blessing came from. It wasn’t from the farm or the soil, it was the precious presence of God. He wasn’t in love with the solution, he was in love with the presence of God.
“I would rather be a gate keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness….”
The journey is long and difficult. Just know that He has it and when He wants you to step in, He will make that so clear. And you want to know a secret?
There is so much peace in that place. In the place where we say, “God this is yours and not mine. Do your will. Have your way. In the meantime, let me just be in your presence. That’s more than enough.”
This heart cries out to you LORD,
In Your presence there is power
Through Your spirit, strength will rise
In Your presence there is mercy
And in Your presence I’m alive!
See Scripture: 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 15-16.
~ Dana Jarvis
Dana Jarvis has a calling upon her life and Hezekiah’s Wall Ministry came from a Word the LORD spoke to her. His words resonated in her Spirit and is what Hezekiah’s Wall Ministry is all about ~ to Equip, Empower, Encourage, and Raise Up his Sons and Daughters for such a time as this!
A Prophetic Seer/ Intercessor, Minister, Author & Christian Coach/ Prophetic Mentor, Dana is blessed by Abba to be one of His Leading Ladies for such a time as this. Feel free to contact Dana as she would love to hear from you!