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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Seek God in All Things (1 Chronicles 15)

Do you seek God in all things or just when all else fails and you have no where else to turn, no one else to ask, and still don't know what to do?

One of the things that stands out to me the most about King David is the number of times in Scripture I see him seeking the Lord's guidance.

But there were also a couple of times when David listened to his own heart and did not ask for God's guidance. And in both instances, a man died.

Here in 1 Chronicles, David decided to bring the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem. It seemed like an obvious decision so David did not bother to consult the Lord first. As a result, he brought the ark back on a cart rather than having it carried using poles, the method God instructed in Numbers 4. So when the oxen stumbled, Uzza, reached out his hand to steady the ark and died when he touched it.

Had David sought the Lord's guidance rather than doing it his own way, Uzza would have lived.

At first David was angry with the Lord. But later he realized this catastrophe occurred because he had not sought the Lord:

1 Chronicles 15:12-13 You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it at the first, the Lord our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.

So then, in what things am I listening to my own heart and not asking for God's guidance?

Lord, Let me remember to seek you in all things and move forward when You tell me to move and how you tell me to move rather than doing things my way, in my timeframe.

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