Carrying God’s presence

This blog was chosen based on this podcast episode.

Hearing God  is one thing; carrying His Presence is another.

In battle, we read how David asked God what to do, and God blessed him.  Thake this moment in 2 Samuel 5:17-19:

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold.  Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

However, when bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem, he decided to ask the leaders of Israel about the best course of action, but not necessarily God.  (1 Chronicles 13)  It isn’t that it was wrong that he processed with others about bringing the Ark back, but they should have included God more in that process.  Had they been fully attentive to God’s expectations, Uzzah may have been more aware of God’s hefty expectations around carrying his presence (1 Chronicles 13:9-10.)  David ends up making a decision about God’s presence based on human experience rather than God’s call:

David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?”  He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

1 Chronicles 13:12-13

One thing we need to realize us that we carry God’s presence now through the Holy Spirit.  This is why it’s important to not just hear God’s voice, but obey: we should ask God how we are called to live our lives, and respond.  Those around me will have their own ideas of how to live our lives; while I do believe God does speak through others, human understanding is limited, and we should strive to hear from God.

Spend some time asking God if there is something you need to change so you can carry His Presence in the Fear of the Lord.

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