February 25, 2015

Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 13 

God is serious…

 

God is a loving God – merciful and gracious to all.  He desires a relationship with His Creation.  He reveals Himself (by His grace) and is kind and forgiving.  All of this true… but there’s much more to God than that.  He’s also a God of judgment, anger against sin (as Jonathan Edwards stated in his great work, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God), holy and perfect.  All of these attributes highlight the need and the blessing of the Cross – where God poured out His holy anger on His Son Jesus for us.  

 

Today’s chapter shows us a couple of the things that God is serious about:

 

1. God is SERIOUS about dwelling in us. (v.1-6)

When the Ark of the Covenant was constructed in the manner commanded by God in Exodus 37 it was filled with the articles that showed God’s power and blessing.  It contained the stone tablets that God wrote the law on and more.  God’s presence dwelt among His people through the Ark.  When you and I become Christ-followers, God moves into us through the Holy Spirit.

 

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

 

Think about this – God lives in you!  Everywhere you go He goes – everything you say or even think about – He knows – He sees it all.  God’s power is in you to accomplish amazing things for Him.  God lives in us.

 

2. God is SERIOUS about our worship for Him. (v.7-8)

Verse 8 says, David and all of Israel celebrated before God with all their might.  They used all sorts of instruments – lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.  How serious are you about your worship of God?  Is it regular?  Is it focused?  Is it about God – or about you?  God is serious about His followers worshiping Him.

 

I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever. Psalms 86:12

 

3. God is SERIOUS about what He tells us. (v.8-10)

When God tell us not to do something it’s always for our good and His glory and He means it.  He commanded the priests never to touch the Ark in Numbers 4:15.   When Uzzah did in today’s reading – he died.    I know that seems harsh – but God’s holiness isn’t up for debate.  He always means what He says.  I know we live in a time when people debate the commands of God saying things like… God doesn’t really mean or the Bible has to be interpreted this way or that way – but remember – God doesn’t stutter – what He says He means.  Remember what happened to Eve when she believed Satan saying God doesn’t really mean what He said?

 

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  Galatians 6:7

 

We don’t break God’s laws… they break us.

 

4. God is SERIOUS about blessing us. (v. 14)

As long as the Ark of God stayed at Obededom’s house God blessed him and everything He owned.  There is blessings being in God’s presence.  God wants to bless you and I, too – more than we can imagine.

 

How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You, that You bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in You.  Psalms 31:19


Posted by: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

1 thought on “February 25, 2015”

  1. One thing that stands out to me is David’s reaction to Uzzah’s death. At first, he is angry that God struck down Uzzah (v11,) but then he becomes fearful in the very next verse.

    It reminds me of us and of me. How many times have become angry at God because He did something that we don’t agree with or for any other reason? Often times it may be because God didn’t bless us the way we wanted Him to bless us. We didn’t get that promotion we prayed so hard for, the relative who was sick didn’t receive healing (in this life) that we begged God to provide, and so many other scenarios of us being unhappy, upset, and angry because God did things *His* way and not ours. And so, like a teenager who gets grounded because his report card isn’t up to snuff, we stomp our feet and pout.

    We would do well to remember God’s response to Job when Job tried to call God out. God spent four chapters (Job 38-41) reminding Job who the Creator is and who is the created. Our response should be like Job’s:

    “Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.'”Job‬ ‭42‬:‭1-3‬ ESV)

    God sees the whole forest and we see only a few trees, so His judgement is much better than ours and we should trust Him even when His way is different than ours, especially during those times.

    I realize this is not the main point of the chapter and more of a tertiary point.

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