“For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.” – 1 Chronicles 15:13
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Who’s your go-to person when things go wrong? I mean, who do you consult with about matters of the heart? That situation at work? Or, any of life’s circumstances? Many of us have a trusted friend or family member to whom we go for advice. Some of us even consult professional counselors. And there’s nothing wrong with any of those things, but God wants us to consult Him first.
Remember when David sought to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, and they placed it on a cart? When the oxen carrying it stumbled, Uzzah reached out and touched it, the Lord became angry, and Uzzah died because of his error (2 Samuel 6:1-7). They were supposed to have the Levites carry it on their shoulders by its poles, as Moses had commanded them (1 Chronicles 15:15).
The Bible says that the Lord broke out in anger against them because they did not consult Him about the proper order (1 Chronicles 15:13). The lesson for us is that God is not pleased when we do not consult Him about the proper order of doing things – that includes our worship, our work, and our family life. We are to acknowledge Him in all of our ways and not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The person who does walks in the counsel of the ungodly is blessed (Psalm 1:1). That’s not to say that your friend’s or family member’s advice is ungodly. But we should seek counsel that is godly. And the way to do that is by first consulting the Lord – go to Him in prayer and study His Word. That’s the proper order.
Let’s be sure to consult the Lord first about the proper order of doing things in our lives.
May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.