Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read 1 Chronicles 13:5-14 (6.13 Tuesday)
Verse 9: “…And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah put out his hand to take hold of the ark, for the oxen had stumbled.” After Uzzah reached out to take hold of the ark, the story continues that God became angry due to this action and struck Uzzah down.
In this passage is the reminder that we constantly need as humans: that we are not God, and that God is holy and we, without Him, are not. God is not on the same level as sinful and fragile humanity. He is above, He is supreme in His glory, purity, majesty. The ark was considered holy, because it was where the holy God came to speak to His people. Exodus 25:22 says, “There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” The ark was held throughout the wandering of Israel in the ‘Holy of Holies’ in the tabernacle, and it sat elevated, off of the ground.
It is good for us to remember to revere God and to have awe for Him, to remember His holiness. As we do this we can also cling to Him and trust Him, as we remember that He is also supreme in His love for us. He is on high, but He loves His people and desired them to be with Him, so much that He sent His Son who is, “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Heb. 1:3) to make a way.
Read 1 Chronicles 21:18-30 (6.17 Saturday)
Verse 24 says, “But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
“I will not take for the Lord what is yours…” is encouraging for me because it shows David desiring to have something of his own to give to the Lord. David had a real, personal relationship with God, like we all can have. David did things that pleased God from time to time and God did (countless) things that blessed and pleased David. David didn’t let someone else put forth the effort for him in his relationship with God. It was his own.
“…nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” David also loved God, and he knew at this moment that he had sinned, and that he needed his relationship with God to be restored. Real offerings costs us something. We are called to present our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1). Living with God as our King, Savior, Teacher, Comforter and friend means that we give of ourselves. We do this in joy though. Just as David offered of himself over and over to God throughout his life and later could be seen rejoicing in God or praising Him.
Reflections written by Wade Henderson