When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. – 2 Samuel 6:13 (NIV)
Previously in this story, the Philistines had taken the Ark of the Lord, but after a series of bad things happened, they quickly decided to return the Ark to the Israelites. Instead of handling the Ark the way God had prescribed, David was rushing it back to the temple. This resulted in the death of one of his men. Once David realized his error, he returned to God’s orders of how the Ark was to be moved. Like David, we can try to rush the things of God in our lives in the name of pragmatism. But God doesn’t bless our attempts to cut corners. We are so interested in the destination that we fail to see that God is more interested in the journey.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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