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But it seemed right... where did I go wrong?

I’ve been thinking a lot about something I read in a Bible Study in 2 Samuel 6.  David was bringing the ark back home, and {on his first attempt} things went very wrong. The idea was good.  In fact, David’s heart was to have the presence of the Lord be home with his people, BUT his method was wrong. There’s even a phrase that keeps ringing in my head... “it seemed right” for them to do this.  If you know the story, David and his leaders never consulted the Lord or His requirements for moving the ark.  It just “seemed” right, so they moved on it.

GOOD.NESS.  I’ve been there.  Acting on my own.  Running with a good plan that people think will be wonderful.  Annnnd disaster comes.  Unexpected, strange disaster.  You know where I’m going with this. This is the result of failure to abide with the Lord and seek His guidance and guidelines - He is, after all, THE Counselor.  What may seem right, may not always be.

To abide.  It means to obey, to stick with, to adhere to, or defer to.  Without abiding in Him, our actions won’t bear lasting, good fruit.  Even good actions.  We must stay rooted in His Word and must know it and do it.  Everyday.  Every time.  Did the ark ever make it back to Jerusalem?  YES!!!  Just 3 months later, David was ready to do it the Lord’s way, and a grand celebration began!!!!  But that’s a story for another day... 

Next time something just “seems right,” I pray that I’ll have enough wisdom in all my excitement to stop and ask my All-Knowing, All-Seeing, All-Loving Faither for directions!

 

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  Proverbs 16:25

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”  Proverbs 3:5-8

 


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