I was reading this morning about King David when he made plans to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It was a large wooden container, overlaid with gold and inside were placed the tablets of the ten commandments, manna, and Aaron’s rod; on top there were 2 cherubim with spread wings on each side of the mercy seat where the presence of the Lord dwelled. It had molding around it with gold rings so it would be carried between 2 poles without anyone touching it. But instead of carrying it the way they were instructed, they put it on a cart and when Uzzah put out his hand to steady the cart, he immediately died. He ignored the way God had commanded and lost his life. It didn’t matter how the people felt about it and agreed how it was to be carried, for they were to obey and not to touch it. God’s word and ways always trumps ours. I often pray, “Lord, this is what I want, but I want your will more. I will be okay with whatever happens, for it is in your hands!” I wish I could say I always do that but I also fail and do my own thing and miss His peace.
The best way to live is to live is an uncompromised life for God, not self, and to follow how He would lead us. I suspect we all argue with God at times, going our own way and thinking we know better, but it isn’t long until we discover His way is always best. As it says in Psalm 93:1 & 5, “God is King, robed and ruling. God is robed and surging with strength…What You say goes—it always has. ‘Beauty’ and ‘Holy’ mark your palace rule, God, to the very end of time.”