The Right Thing

The Right Thing

30 April 2009


3 “It is time to bring back the Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the reign of Saul.” 4 The whole assembly agreed to this, for the people could see it was the right thing to do. (1 Chronicles 13:3-4 NLT)

David was on a roll. God had united all Israel under his leadership. All political threats to his monarchy had been removed. He had established his capital city in Jerusalem near his home town of Bethlehem. His popularity was at an all-time high.

David was a worshipper and He truly wanted God’s presence and power, represented by the Covenant Ark, at the center of the nation’s life. So David put the Ark of God on a brand-new fit-for-a-king oxcart and started out for Jerusalem with the entire nation shouting, singing, and celebrating. A little bump in the road, a stumble by one of the oxen, and a good man died and David was angry and afraid, all because of trying to do the right thing the wrong way.

The problem here is that David was hitting so many home runs, scoring so many success points, he forgot that God not only has a plan for what he wants you to do, but a procedure for how he wants you to do it.

This can be a danger for all of us, more so when we’re successful and blessed by God and popular with those around us. When we’re messing up and getting kicked around, we tend to be less presumptuous, I think.

I think most of my ideas are pretty good. Otherwise I wouldn’t think those ideas in the first place. What I must remember is that it’s not just, “God, I’m going to do you a real favor here!” It’s, “God do you want me to do this? How do you want me to do this?”


Father, I ask you for revelation, wisdom, and understanding. Revelation of what you want done, wisdom for how you want it done, and understanding of how it affects people and relationships so that everyone wins. Help me do right things the right way. Amen.

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