Tuesday, May 1
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 14-15, Psalm 132, Matthew 18
1 Chronicles 15:15 Then the Levites carried the ark of God the way Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord: on their shoulders with the poles.
When David first tried to bring the ark to Jerusalem, they placed the ark on a new cart pulled by oxen. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out to steady the ark, and the Lord struck him down. David was angry that the Lord had “broken out” against Uzzah, and he parked the ark at Obed-edom’s house. The ark represented the presence of the Lord—so while the ark was at Obed-edom’s house, the Lord blessed him. When David saw that, he decided it was time to bring the ark home. But this time, he did some research and discovered that the Lord had commanded Moses that the ark was to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites by means of poles that passed through rings attached to the ark.
This is in honor of my pastor, Roy Hicks Jr. who first pointed this out to me.
The ark was to be carried on the shoulders of God’s people, not on a cart. The presence of God rests on people, not on our machinery or techniques. We are all looking for the magic bullet, the technology or process that will work universally. Certainly good processes are important. But in the end, God puts His Spirit on people, not on technologies, processes, techniques, buildings, or machinery.
By all means, find better processes and technologies. But even more importantly, be blessable. Be a person upon whom the Spirit of God can rest. Be someone who carries the Lord’s presence and blessing on your shoulders.
Perhaps this stood out to me because I’m working with friends to find better ways to make disciples—a noble effort. But it will be a fruitless effort if we make it more about methods than about men.
E.M. Bounds wrote in The Power of Prayer: “What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.”
The ark of God’s presence rests on the shoulders of men (people)—not on the cart, on machinery, techniques, technologies and processes. Be that person.
Prayer: Lord, fill me with Your Spirit. That is the one absolute essential for revival, for Your work to be done!