Day 5 Thursday August 10
Sincerity alone will not save anyone.
TO SAY THAT David was scared of God is a great understatement. He was so sure this was the thing to do. His hunger for God was sincere and legitimate. Yet, the process that he set up led to this terrifying scenario: “And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God” (2 Sam. 6:7 NASB). Even though David was sincere in his worship for God, he did not follow God’s biblical order for carrying the Presence. One can be sincere but miss out on a lifestyle of encounter because of an incorrect approach to God’s Presence. In the New Testament, we have a blueprint in blood. Jesus opened a new and living way for us enter God’s Presence. Further still, He made it possible for the Presence to actually take up habitation in a priestly people. This is the Church, those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. To assume that God has any other plan to carry His Presence into the earth, apart from using His eternal priestly order, is to approach Him in the manner that Uzzah did. Scripture calls Uzzah’s error irreverence. Perhaps he was sincere, but his irreverence was costly. Drinking strychnine sincerely thinking that it’s a fruit juice doesn’t make it any less poisonous. We need to cease looking beyond God’s designated order to carrying His Presence in the earth. Priests. People. Redeemed men and women are the ones designated to carry God in this planet. Any other method simply will not do.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 12:25-29
Thank You so much for Your grace, Lord. Would You please help me find the balance between having a healthy reverence toward You and enjoying friendship? You are loving, compassionate and gracious, but You are also a consuming fire. Help me to walk in a revelation of our intimacy, but also, the true fear of the Lord.
WHAT FATHER IS SAYING TO ME TODAY?